Of the Clouds by Selina J. Eckert
(Seasons of Magic: Fireflies & Faeries, #1)
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What would you do to be free?
Shaman-in-training Quri only knows her master’s hut…until the neighboring prince arrives, showing her what life could be. But her master has other plans for Quri, and she will stop at nothing to keep her young apprentice from leaving her, including locking her in an old tomb. Now, Quri must defy her master to learn the magic she needs to free herself or lose her chance for the prince, her own happiness, and the life she wants. Can Quri find the strength she needs to save herself and the prince, or will the shaman keep her locked up forever?
This sweet and exciting retelling of Rapunzel will have you asking what you would do for your freedom.
Trigger warning: some abusive situations between the shaman and apprentice, but with a happy, hopeful ending.
What I thought
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This novella is a YA fantasy retelling of Rapunzel. The story was told well and felt whole even though it was a novella (70 pages). I like the atmosphere of the story and I believe it may even incorporate some South American Lore.
I enjoyed how the character Quri just didn’t sit around and expect someone to just save her. She proved to be a stronger person than she thought she was. One thing that I really liked was even though the prince wanted to save her he acknowledged that she just needed help not saved. He acknowledged that she was not weak.
I know that this was a retelling but I found it to be very similar to a story I read years ago. The elements that should have made this story unique are what I remembered. Reading the story was like having Deja Vu in many cases.