Written by: Claire Legrand
Release Date: September 30th 2014
Pages: 464, Hardcover
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The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.
Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.
Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
Winterspell is a high fantasy retelling of The Nutcracker, that much is obvious. Now, I’m not exactly one for the ballet, I’ve watched it, on video, in the past, but I’ve haven’t watched it recently (Mostly because I only owned it on VHS and haven’t gotten around to getting it on DVD) but even for someone who knows the story in passing I could absolutely adore the way Legrand worked the Nutcracker into Winterspell. She took her own twists on Godfather Drosselmeyer, the nutcracker, and even Clara herself. Continue reading