“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.