During March of 1248, Adelaide Schumacher-affectionately called Snow White-has lost so much: her mother, her possessions, and now her home.
Adelaide hates abandoning her home city, her family’s legacy, and her first love‒Ivo. More than anything, she hates her father growing closer to her mother’s cousin‒Galadriel. Adelaide plots to end their tryst before her fate is sealed, and she never sets foot in Cologne again.
But good and pious can only get Galadriel so far. Never again will she be destitute. Never again will she be known by the cruel moniker‒Cinderella. Never again will someone take what is rightfully hers. No matter what it takes.
The Countess’ Captive is the much anticipated follow-up to The Fairytale Keeper and is book two in The Fairytale Keeper series. The novel combines Grimm’s fairytale characters with real historical settings and events to create a tale that leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins.
“A…resonant tale set late in the 13th century… with unexpected plot twists. An engaging story of revenge.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“Great historical fiction. Strong emotion injected into almost every page.” –Amazon Vine Reviewer
“…a unique twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Part fairy tale retelling, part historical fiction… The Fairytale Keeper is a story of corruption.” -Copperfield Historical Fiction Review
“The story that Cefalo weaves is intriguing and leaves you hanging on, wanting more.” -Hooked to Books Book Review Blog
“…it doesn’t feel like any retelling. Because it’s not. The Fairytale Keeper is its own unique story…very entertaining, containing a strong female role, a sweet romance, and much more.” -Lulu The Bookworm Book Review Blog
Besides being the award-winning author of The Fairytale Keeper series, Andrea Cefalo is a self-proclaimed medievalist, hopeless bookworm, and social media junkie. She graduated with honors from Winthrop University in 2007 where she studied Medieval art history and children’s literature. The next three books in The Fairytale Keeper series—The Countess’ Captive, The Baseborn Lady, and The Traitor’s Target—will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina—ever perched before her trusty laptop—with her husband and their two border collies.
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Series: Fairytale Keeper Series, Book 2
Re-Release Date: 14 February, 2015
Publisher: Scarlet Primrose Press
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Fairytale Retelling
Rating: ★★★★★Review Written: 27 February, 2015
I was eager to read this book, the first book having ended in a slight cliffhanger as Adelaide and her father were about to be carted out of the city by his lover. I wasn't disappointed in my eagerness and my only regret is that the third book is still a ways off before I can find out what happens next.
As I stated, Adelaide and her father start off the book by leaving Cologne. Nothing is going as planned however in the wake of the cathedral burning and Adelaide's treason in releasing the heretic from the stocks. They're stopped first by guards harassing the gate keeper, and though Galadriel keeps them from arresting Gregor, Adelaide is forced to live with her guilt as they continue on their journey. The trouble doesn't stop there though, fearing for her betrothed's life should the man she freed reach him, Adelaide attempts to escape the carriage to warn Ivo of what she's done, so that maybe he can avoid the issue. Things go awry and instead she ends up knocking herself out on a rock, and being pulled back into the carriage.
From here things only get worse for our little Snow White heroine, between her father's anger and the spite of her future Step-mother, it's difficult for her to catch a break. Forced to give up her name in order to stay in the castle, Adelaide finds herself in the center of a web of lies. Obedience is mandatory or Ivo's life will end in a blaze of smoke and fire. But it's hard to be a good daughter when your father's already bedded and wedded another woman before a month has passed since your own mother's death, and what will happen when she's sent to court?
Cefalo once again spins fact and fiction into a fanciful tale of cautionary stories and a heroine adventure that will capture the imagination of any young girl who reads the tale. I look forward to seeing what happens next to Snow White, and to see if her first love will come for her or not.