Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder

“The Brothers Grimm meets Lord of the Rings.” –Patrick Thomas, author of The Murphy’s Lore series

Amazon Kindle US:Shards Of The Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder

Amazon Kindle UK:Shards Of The Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder

Author: Roy A. Mauritsen
Publisher: Padwolf Publishing Inc. (April 16, 2012)
Print Length: 320 pages

Shards of a glass slipper pushes beyond the boundaries of alternative history.  But not our history, the history of fairy tales and fables. Well actually it creates a whole new world.  I was amazed to find CGI pictures of characters and scenery throughout the Kindle Version.

In the beginning we are taken to a secluded hut on a beach inhabited by a crippled young woman.  A young woman who hides a secret and her identity from the world.  Yet her disability has far from broken her will and spirit which is shown when she attempts to rescue a shipwrecked soul.

The scene shifts to a travelling pair, Patience and Hamelin, who are on a journey to deliver the shards of the much fabled glass slippers to the grave of Cinderella’s mother. Their travels are interrupted at the scene of the grave and both travelers, and they are thrown into the battle if tyranny, rebellion, and self-doubt.

Throughout the novel, we meet many characters from our childhood stories, with a whole new venture in the after-times of the stories we once known.  Hansel and Gretel turned witch hunters, Goldie Locks travels with her three furry companions, Snow White commands the rebellious army of dwarves battling against Queen Cinderella who has been corrupted with power.  Plus many more characters and sly yet quirky hints and mentions.

As the Frog Prince commands Queen Cinders army they also are searching for powerful artefacts in which they can restore the magic back to its full capacity.  In the process, they break an ancient treaty and the evil army and its leaders are faced with a whole new threat on the horizon.

I have to say the book is mostly ‘believable’, with the exception of the characters and creatures from An End World. Though many characters have already been pre-developed,  we find ourselves reading the development of Patience and  Hamelin as they find themselves adapting to their new lives. Thus being said we also follow the changes of the other predominant characters as challenges, heart ache, old and new love are thrusted upon them.



  1. What an amazing title! Genius.

    • The title and artwork is what had caught my attention, I was quite pleased the story was created with as much thought.

  2. Reblogged this on Dumb Workers and commented:
    My first attempt at a book review, and it gets published thanks to the opportunity given to me from A Knife & A Quill. Any advice that the WordPress community can offer via email or on this reblog, I’d really appreciate it. I’m still learning.

  3. I L-O-V-E this! What a fun and intriguing concept. A very well-written hook.

    • Have you had the chance to read it yet? It felt like the author had fun writing it.

      • Not yet! I have a wish list approaching miles long, I’m afraid, but it really struck a chord. Come read my latest limerick and you’ll see why. Could you send me link to that book, so I can try a pingback–then I will have info, it will be a link and everybuddy wins…:)

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  5. Intrigued. I check this one out.

  6. Hi, someone pointed out your blog and review to me. I just wanted to drop in and say…. Thank you for the great review! I’m glad you enjoyed my work!

    • No worries Roy. When do we get to read its sequel?

      • Working on it now! I’m writing the next 2 books together, then both should be released within in the second half of 2013. (Tentatively). Anything you want to see happen? 🙂 Have you had a chance to listen to the album?

      • Gepetto and a dryad have a son?

        No I haven’t heard the audio, although a review of the audio did convince me to purchase the kindle. Unfortunately, the review only touched on the story line, as opposed to what the audio offered

      • Oh wait, there’s a music album to it! No I haven’t heard that either!

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