Where you can find The Subtle Beauty: Amazon
Publisher: Aisling House, LLC
Date of publication:
January 2, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
A cursed prince. A vain beauty. Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, High King of the Twelve Kingdoms. Glory hopes that – of all her sisters – she can escape the fate of a loveless marriage. But on the night she plans to elope with the royal falconer, her world comes crashing down: Her father announces Glory’s betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm – a prince no one has ever seen. The prince is said to be a recluse, cursed and deformed by the gods for the sins of his power-hungry father. Yet when Glory is trapped in Blackthorn Keep she discovers that not everything is what she expected. An insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince keep Glory reeling. Can she overcome her vanity to learn that what you want isn’t necessarily what you need—and save the cursed prince?
I enjoyed reading this book. From the first chapter (where we meet Xander and Aowynn), it had me hooked. Put it this way, I finished the book in a day…which never happens these days.
I think it was the combo of it being a retelling of a fairy tale (not tell you which one!!! You need to read the book!!!) and the fact that it was set in Ireland that made me love it. The author included Gaelic phrases and put a directory at the end of the book so you could reference it.
The Colin/Eoghan/Glory triangle was heartbreaking. I did like seeing Glory character change. It was a huge transformation.
Oh and Colin got what was coming to him….just saying (read the BOOK!!!)
The ending made me cry. I mean, who wouldn’t. It was the perfect ending to the book.
Will, I read it again? Yes. When the author comes out with other books, I plan on reading them.
Will, I recommend it to family and friends? Yes
Age range? Teen on up. While no sex, there is some graphic violence that wouldn’t be suitable for younger kids.