Saturday, July 08, 2023

#BookReview: Blood Magic and Brandy by @EmiMiWriter @BookBrewBistro

Synopsis: A Snow White Retelling

Princess Not-So-Charming rescues a lordling in distress, turning the classic story of Snow White on its head with warrior women, cunning men, and a fearsome fairy godmother in this adult fantasy romance.

Crown Princess Ranunculus doesn’t like being a princess. Too many people tell her what to do, how to act, and who to be. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, so do new responsibilities on her father’s council and the search for a royal consort, a marriage that will prioritize the good of her kingdom over the preferences of her own heart. 

Lord Nevar should be the acting Baron of Otero. His father has been sick for years, yet his stepmother governs. He’s been posing as a wastrel ever since, but now has a chance to prove himself. If he plays his cards right as ambassador, he can reclaim his birthright. Though intrigued by the outlandish princess, Nevar is too far below her in rank to make a good match, and he has a barony to put to rights after much neglect. 

The two flirt shamelessly, knowing their destinies lie elsewhere. When Nevar is framed for murder, Rane comes to his rescue and sends him to her friends in the forest. Proving his innocence is harder than she thought, and time is running out. Nevar wants to leave, Rane wants him to stay, and someone wants him dead.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This very short story was one that me and my bookclub loved. It was really good in its retelling and story overall.  We loved the plot and characters and just the feel of it.  If you haven't read this one it needs to be on your list! 

Emily Michel read her first fairy tale before kindergarten and has been fascinated with speculative fiction of all kinds ever since. She’s traveled the world as a military family member, calling many places in the US and Europe home. She settled in Arizona a few years ago with her husband and kids. 

When not writing, Emily reads, walks, crochets, and pets her feline overlords. Emily has volunteered her time to community organizations for the past twenty years and looks forward to taking a break in 2022 to concentrate on her writing and editing, which is a nice way of saying she’s tired and needs some “me time.” 

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