What would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What's delivered is The Stepsister Scheme, a whole new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines penning the tale, listeners can bet it won't be "and they lived happily ever after."
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This isn't Disney...
A lot of current fantasy is pretty dark and brutal, which I don't have a problem with, but it's nice to listen to something with a sense of humor. Not to say that there aren't dark moments, because there certainly are, but they are well balanced with lighter scenes.
When Talia (Sleeping Beauty) reveals what happened to her while she was asleep. It's one of the darkest parts of the book, but evokes (for me, anyway) a deep sympathy for the character, and gives insight into why she isn't one of the most trusting people. There was another moment involving her and Snow that was surprising, as well.
Well, at first I had some doubts about her, as she didn't seem to differentiate character voices much. But as the book moves along and she gets more comfortable with the characters, that changes. I thought the beginning was a bit rough, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
It would be nice, but it's just not possible.
Fairy tale princesses rebooted