A well-written and unique take on an old tale.
The prince of the Seelie court is the subject of a prophecy stating he will unite the fair and foul courts of the fey. In order to thwart the prophecy, the king of the Unseelie disfigures him until none can look upon him without staring. He goes to live in the mountains where he meets a huntress claiming to be searching for a beast that has been terrorizing the area.
But she has secrets and she's going to be forced to choose between her new friends and a darker force.
What I loved: The writing style is enchanting, flowing effortlessly in an almost poetic tone. It's really beautiful and so well done.
There's a message in these pages about beauty and what counts for such. It leaves an impression on the reader. The prince may not have been physically appealing, but he was kind and generous and saw the good in others.
What was just okay: I wanted more. This story is too large to be told in a short format such as this. The book only scratches the surface of the characters leaving them without the depth to allow the reader to truly connect with them. The evil king is almost a caricature of a villain, lacking in the kind of development that could make us understand his motivations.
Final Verdict: A charmingly new take on a story we thought we knew well. It breathes new life into a fairytale that didn't have much to like about it, teaching us things we thought we already knew.