Publisher: Getting to the Point, Inc.Published: December 10, 2014 Ranking: 3/5Roth spins a passionate fable of suspense and romance illustrated with lush paintings rendered in the highest fantasy tradition by renowned artist John Blumen. Together they weave a spellbinding story of two young lovers caught between the forces of good and evil, with the future of the kingdom and an innocent child’s life at stake. Can the young master of the forest and his beloved maiden save the kingdom and find their “happily ever after?” Fans of Once Upon a Time and The Princess Bride will be swept up in this story featuring the freshest new figures in romantic fantasy literature.
'Adult Fairytale' seems to be an oxymoron. Fairytales, for most of us, were the things that defined our childhood and the stories have stayed as such; indicative of another time. So Roth's book was an interesting case of transcending the lines, of allowing a little of that nostalgia and magic to creep back into our lives. It's wonderful again to have those signs of innocence and simplicity. The bad guys are notoriously bad, the good ones amazingly perfect, and pure, true love is back. This lack of confusion and gray areas in a story might seem like a silly thing to applaud considering it's often the books with the complicated plots and twisted characters that catch our eyes, but Roth pulls it off well, creating a story in the same tradition of those we used to love. The illustrations in the story provide a nice flourish too. They're beautifully created and wouldn't look out of place in a Brother's Grimm or other anthology of fairytales.
There are a few places where the book seems to go badly; though. Most of this, I think, is the confusion between the very childlike world of a fairytale and the adult world to which it is marketed. The writing for the sex scenes is incredibly awkward and reads like something out of a bad romance novel. The plot can be confusing at points as well and there were passages meant to be explanations that I had to reread multiple times just to make sure I knew what was going on. Both of these broke some of the spell the book usually held.
The book is a fun read and while it won;t stay with me as some of the other stories I've gotten to read for this site have; it was a wonderful escape back into the fairytales I loved so much. It you need a break from reality, or even a break from the adult world for a while, this is the perfect book for you!