Fairy tales and folktales used to be dark, dark things desperately trying to keep children out of The Black Forest and alive into their teens years, by which time they were considered adults. Things have come a long ways with overly protective parents and coddling, happily-ever-after stories. Thanks to the beautifully and brilliantly rendered artwork by Nate Taylor, this tale has the look and feel of a children’s book. But, Patrick Rothfuss has twisted this not-for-children’s tale into a dark and twisted story of horror.
Full disclosure–I’m extremely biased in this reviewing , as I experienced this book with hundreds of others at a live reading by Patrick Rothfuss himself. Audible has nothing on live story telling.
This dark tale centers on a princess with a paralyzing fear of the dark who lives alone in a castle (made of marzipan) with her best friend and stuffed companion, Mr. Whiffle the teddy bear. Together they enjoy Calvin and Hobbes style adventures across the large manor. By day, that is. At night they huddle in the princess’ bed avoiding the creature that lives beneath it. She leaves a candle burning at her bedside at all times.
Life in the castle gets a little more complicated when the princess gets a new kitten. A kitten that wanders–under the bed . . .
This dark tale is highly recommended.
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