Date Published: September 22, 2015
Date Read: 11/25/15
Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
My Thoughts: The first thing I have to say about this book is that it is absolutely stunning. Chris Riddell’s illustrations in this book are so incredibly beautiful. The hints of the gold metallic in the pictures was a great touch. This was the first Neil Gaiman book I have read and now I understand why everyone loves his books so much. The writing in this book is just beautiful. I now want to go out and buy all of his books simply for his writing. The story itself was really well done. It was interesting how the two fairy tales combined with a dark aspect to make the story have a slight mystery to it as your reading. I loved this book and highly recommend you pick it up!