Love...All things Fairy Tale? We're celebrating them in all their forms...originals, adaptations, twists and re-tellings. Sweet or steamy or a little bit twisted! Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop! And don't forget to enter for the $100 Amazon gift card grand prize drawing too!
I am so thrilled to be a part of the Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop, hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup! If you're like me, you grew up reading and watching fairy tales. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast to The Little Mermaid, they were staples in every little girl's childhood, and continue to be today.
But then there are some of the lesser known fairy tales... like The Swan Princess. If you've never seen the movie or read the children's book, it's quite a story! For those who aren't familiar with it, let me recap for you.
Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake, this beautiful story begins with a King betrothing his daughter to the prince of a Queen in another kingdom. As children, Odette and Derek are forced to spend time together, and once they reach adulthood, Derek proclaims his desire to marry Odette because of her beauty. Odette denies him, and while traveling home, she and her father, the King, are attacked by Rothbart, an evil sorcerer who wants to rule in the King's place. He kills the king and kidnaps Odette. He then curses her and turns her in to a swan. Her only freedom is at night, under the moonlight, when she's on the lake. She becomes her human form again until the sun rises. The curse can only be broken with a vow of everlasting love...
From there, I'm sure you can figure out the events that will lead up to the always important happily ever after :)
It truly is a beautiful story (and an even more beautiful ballet!). And while it's one of my favorites, I recently stumbled upon a retelling of it, through the brilliance of author Ann Hunter.
Ms. Hunter has taken The Swan Princess and given it a Celtic twist. In doing so, she has created a remarkable fairy tale that was impossible to put down! Here is a synopsis of her book:
One vow. One curse. One thousand moons.
Princess Aowyn's six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the
jewel in her mother's crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to
protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen's
handmaiden, Ciatlllait - who is more than she seems.
In order to
save her family, Aowyn risks a dangerous deal with the dark creature
Sylas Mortas. But magic comes with a price: and Aowyn soon realizes the
one she has paid is too steep.
Only true love can reverse the spell...but it will take one thousand moons.
in a Celtic world, "Moonlight" is the story of faith and true love
woven through a breathtaking retelling of the classic folktale "The Swan
This book is amazing! And I hope that through my stop on this hop, more and more readers will discover just how amazing it truly is :)
Of course... for my stop, I'm giving away an e-book copy of Moonlight by Ann Hunter and a $5 Amazon gift card to one lucky reader! Just enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!
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There's also a Grand Prize giveaway where you can win a $100 gift card! Just enter below:
Thank you so much for stopping by today, and be sure to visit the rest of the blogs on the hop for more fantastic fairy tales and awesome giveaways! :)