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My heart is full of love for this darkly beautiful and mind-twisting novel. Set in the time of Elizabeth I, a curse given in anguish and hate is set to run amok. At birth Beau is burdened with great beauty and is due to be the cause of the death of his father, while unrelated to the curse, Randa is born a mix of beast and human. And, so begins a story of the greatest highs and the lowest lows, of revenge and hope, love and despair. The first sentence sucked me in, and I was held in thrall throughout. This is a completely gorgeous blend of Shakespearean drama, the very darkest of fairy tales, and the simply wonderful pen of Wray Delaney. I felt a reassuring half-formed recognition as I read, yet at the same time, a prickle of awareness that I was an explorer, charting an entirely new world. I highly recommend The Beauty of the Wolf to anyone who hungers for a bite of difference, with a more than a twist of glorious darkness. I have chosen this as both a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month, and a LoveReading Star Book, it’s fierce, it’s wonderful, I adored it.
'What some might call beauty, I find monstrous'
In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere's son, Beau is born - and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist's cellar lives Randa - a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge...
A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Praise for The Beauty of the Wolf:
'An amazing book... like a box of treasures' Meg Rosoff
'This is an extraordinary book - and Wray Delany's imagination a thing of wonder' Maggie Alderson
'An interesting take on a well known story...anyone who loves twisted fairy tales should read this' Netgalley reviewer
'A wonderful read. I'd never read this author's work before but I will definitely be looking out for the next book' Netgalley reviewer
'I fell in love with the descriptions of the woods, oaks and the mystical forest' Netgalley reviewer
'The atmosphere is wonderful and it is a glorious, bawdy romp of a book' Netgalley reviewer
'Wow. Just wow. This book was amazing in so many different ways. I loved the book as a whole but I especially liked how the base plot was similar to the original yet so different at the same time. My hat goes off to Wray Delaney who was behind this incredible piece of work' Netgalley reviewer
Praise for An Almond for a Parrot:
'Shades of Sarah Waters...irresistible'
'A bawdy, romping affair ... Delaney mixes up genres - historical fiction, erotica, magic realism - to create something original' Book of the Month in The Times, November 2016
'With elements of magical realism, plenty of sexy scenes, and a good dollop of drama, this is one hell of a read' The Sun
'A saucy bodice-ripper that combines magical realist flights of fancy with a smattering of punchy feminist politics' The Metro
'A compelling mix of bawdy romp and magical realism.'Red
'A fun, explicit romp with real stakes that will have you trying to finish this book in one sitting' Stylist
'An Almond for a Parrot romps and twists like the Fairy House girls in their bed chambers. It's full of lust and magic, but not without heart. It's an irresistible world to drop into.' Emerald Street
Publication date: 14/11/2019
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||14th November 2019|
|Publisher:||HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Relationship Stories, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Star Books,|
|Collections:||90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., 50+ Beautifully Written Books,|
|Categories:||Historical fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945),|
Wray Delaney is the pen name of Sally Gardner, the award-winning children's novelist who has sold over 2 million books worldwide and been translated into 22 languages. She lives in London and this is her first adult novel.More About Wray Delaney