Everyone knows I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings. The King of Gora is not a man to be reasoned with, when he finds a talented person, he forces them into service. Here we get the story of several of those servants in their quest to find happiness in their current place and their quest for freedom. Samuel is a little person who is forced into service as a court jester he is telling us the story of his friend Tycho the great storyteller and womanizer who would do anything to woo Agnieszka, the cook. Agnieszka is newly married when she is pressed into one year of service and she longs to return home. Tycho tells the most captivating stories but in the tradition of Grimm, they never end as you would expect.
This story takes place in the 1400s which is an era I haven’t delved into much, so I was happy for a new setting and while it took a bit to get oriented, it served almost as a character for me. The characters themselves were quite rich in their motivations and often surprised me with their thoughts and actions. It was equally hopeful and heartbreaking. This was a quick but immersive read that I would recommend to any fan of light fantasy or fairy tales. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
Thanks to author for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own. The Kindle version of this story is only $3.00 so check it out!
Do you prefer your fairy tales to end happily or do you like a “careful what you wish for” scenario?