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Opal #2020

Opal White as snow stained with blood her talons black as ebonyIn this retwisting of the classic Snow White tale the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who s come to guide her fro

  • Title: Opal
  • Author: Kristina Wojtaszek
  • ISBN: 9780615732664
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Opal By Kristina Wojtaszek, White as snow, stained with blood, her talons black as ebonyIn this retwisting of the classic Snow White tale, the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who s come to guide her from her wintry tundra home down to the colorful world of men and Fae, and the father she s never known She struggles with her human shape and grieves for her dead mother a mWhite as snow, stained with blood, her talons black as ebonyIn this retwisting of the classic Snow White tale, the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who s come to guide her from her wintry tundra home down to the colorful world of men and Fae, and the father she s never known She struggles with her human shape and grieves for her dead mother a mother whose past she must unravel if men and Fae are to live peacefully together.Trapped in a Fae made spell, Androw waits for the one who can free him A boy raised to be king, he sought refuge from his abusive father in the Fae tales his mother spun And when it was too much to bear, he ran away, dragging his anger and guilt with him, pursuing shadowy trails deep within the Dark Woods of the Fae, seeking the truth in tales, and salvation in the eyes of a snowy hare But many years have passed since the snowy hare turned to woman and the woman winged away on the winds of a winter storm leaving Androw prisoner behind walls of his own making a prison that will hold him forever unless the daughter of an owl can save him.

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    1. Wow.I ll admit, first off, that the fantasy genre isn t my usual genre of choice After reading Opal however, I may be rethinking my selections Kristina Wojtaszek does a beautiful job of blending two worlds together Her descriptions leave you breathless I awoke several times that night, shivering in my tomb as tears of ice fell on me Come on, that s some good stuff right there I found myself saying I ll just read 5 pages and before I knew it the book was over Too soon Loved it thoroughly and com [...]

    2. In this retelling of the classic Snow White tale, the daughter of an owl is forced into human shape by a wizard who s come to guide her from her wintry tundra home down to the colorful world of men and Fae, and the father she s never known She struggles with her human shape and grieves for her dead mother a mother whose past she must unravel if men and Fae are to live peacefully together.Trapped in a Fae made spell, Androw waits for the one who can free him A boy raised to be king, he sought ref [...]

    3. I read this tale when it was included in an anthology, A Winter s Enchantment a mesmerizing assortment of three festive holiday fantasy novellas penned by authors who were all new to me at the time I picked it up Anthologies are normally hard for me to review as it s difficult to assign one rating to a collection where I normally feel differently about the included stories Happily, that was not the case with this anthology, as I absolutely loved each of the stories and didn t want to put any of [...]

    4. This review can also be found on YA Fantastic Book Review This is the story of an owl who is changed into a girl when her mother dies which seems almost the reverse of your usual fairy tale when the changing happens the other way In Opal, when the young owlet becomes a girl, she starts to unravel the story of her mother, who was well known to be as white as snow, as black as ebony, red as Well you know that story right While it might have some familiar fairy tale elements, Opal is a very differ [...]

    5. A retwisting of the classic Snow White tale in which the daughter of a snow owl must find her own identity while unraveling the story of her parents and her people.Opal set itself apart from others by its premise and its vivid imagery The main character is an animal transformed into a human just as her journey to the truth begins Normally, in a fairy tale, getting turned into an animal is a curse the protagonist has to overcome by breaking a spell or accepting their true self Not in this story, [...]

    6. It s not often that I read a book and feel like I am Discovering a Major New Talent, but this is the experience I had reading Kristina Wojtaszek s shimmering and atmospheric novella A highly imaginative re telling of the Snow White story, there is a surprise, a revelation or a finely wrought image on almost every page My only complaint is the book just felt too dang short, since I would have been happy to have spent much longer in this wintery, spell binding world.

    7. I received a copy of Opal from World Weaver Press at no charge, in exchange for an honest review You know you are reading a good book when you find yourself tearing up at the beginning, purely because the story is so beautifully written Rarely has an author caused my eyes to leak unrelated to the story s events, but somehow Kristina Wojtaszek manages to best choose the precise words that flow together and convey description and emotion with sheer perfection I feel clumsy even trying to express m [...]

    8. Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek was such an interesting twist on the Snow White Fairytale Told in the point of view of the present and the past, the tale of two woman come together in the end.Opal is told in the point of view of a prince named Androw, who leaves his home to get away from his tyrant of a father, and goes into the dark woods in search of a fairytale that he remembers from his youth It is also told in the point of view of a woman who is not named until the end of the book, and follows h [...]

    9. An owlet, waiting for her mother to return, is found by a wizard and changed into a human girl The girl, unused to two legs, speech, and of course being human is set on a journey to discover the truth about her origins and heritage Paralleling the owl girl s story is the story of Androw, a boy who goes into the forest to escape his abusive father and perhaps find the Fae of his mother s stories Both are fascinated by a woman whose skin was white as snow and hair as black as coal Opal is an intri [...]

    10. Although I did like this book and would be interested in reading the sequel, there were a handful of things that bothered me about it The first was the fact that I thought Opal and Androw were supposed to meet up with each other somehow and be together The fact that Androw was actually Opal s father was confusing to me It took me most of the book to figure this out The second thing that bugged me a bit was how quick the ending moved Once Opal and Androw met, time was rushed I found it hard to ke [...]

    11. Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek I won and received an autographed copy of this book in a giveway on The story goes back and fourth between telling Prince Androws story to the girl princess who has no name as yet because she was an owl turned to her real human self after her mothers death When she is reunited with her father she gets her name I liked the fairy tale feel of the book, it is about the fae and human world combined I am not used to short story reads as of yet but I really enjoyed this book [...]

    12. Absolutely gorgeous writing from a talented storyteller This story held me in thrall from start to finish I d put off reading it for months and months because I d tired of traditional fantasy and fairy tales ten years or so ago I d read a short story by Kristina in the anthology Specter Spectacular last year it s one of my favorites in the collection But after reading OPAL, I will have to make an exception and will definitely read any fantasy fairy stories by Kristina Wojtaszek

    13. Wojtaszek builds such a rich world of fairy tales turned legend turned history for the characters in the story, and the way in which it unfolded was both unique and compelling I m fascinated by the fae and half fae, and what role they ll play in the future of Opal s world in the next installment.

    14. This was a great twist on the Snow White story The writing is lyrical, and the imagery is lovely This is the kind of book you enjoy with a cup of tea and something sweet to eat while curled up in your favorite chair This book is a must read for fans of fairy tales.

    15. This book is beautifully written with a haunting quality that makes you want to read it carefully so you won t miss an important detail Looking foreward to the sequel.

    16. The first two thirds of the book really captured me It slowed down towards the end and then stopped pretty abruptly, but the imagery and originality of this retelling was pretty good.

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