Magic isn’t a solution; it’s a trap. If Aurelia comes across magic, she’s supposed to run in the other direction. Life is no longer so simple. If the tower door opens, and she doesn’t have any gold, her life will be forfeit. No one is going to help her, not even her closest friend. No one, except for the mysterious stranger who appeared on her doorstep and in her tower room. If she takes the deal, she might live, but what will she sacrifice in order to do it? Sandor’s worlds collided when Aurelia was brought before King Eadric. Is he truly so desperate to get out of debt, he’s willing to believe such nonsense as a girl who can spin straw into gold? She’s Sandor’s closest friend. If Aurelia were a witch, he would know it. It’s impossible, or so he thought. Nothing makes sense anymore, but Sandor’s determined to figure it out and save Aurelia from the king. The more he learns, the more he wonders, is the king the real threat, or is there something more dangerous lurking in the shadows?
Final Notes: 4.8/5 Stars!
Before the review, I just want to say that if anyone has had trouble in the past with someone who was manipulative, this might not be the book for you. Otherwise, this novel is full of twists and turns, and while not every one of them was pleasant, the ending became realistic. Especially with the epilogue, and seeing that happily ever after doesn’t mean perfection, it’s endurance, because even if something ends, the lessons are forever to be remembered. Time does heal, but remembrance is always there. I am glad that they waited several years to do the epilogue, not just a few days after the novel’s ending. I never thought of combining fairy tales, and it melded into an intricate, delicately spooled story. I am ready for the second book in this series. Can’t wait to read it as well.
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