In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…
A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney, is not only a darker retelling of the Beauty and The Beast fairytale but also is quite more mature than the classic. (Way more mature if you get what I mean!)
But there is so much more in this retelling by Wray Delaney, than a gorgeous cover and it’s darkness. There is also a gender swap, which makes the boy the beautiful one in this story, leaving the girl to be the beast.
Beauty and The Beast is one of my favourite fairtytales, so when I saw this book with it’s gorgeous cover, I knew I had to give it a go. Being set in the Elizabethan era was one of the things I loved about the book, alongside it’s fantastic world building.
However, I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy the style in which the story was written. At times made it harder to follow along and with the different points of views of the different characters, you really don’t want something that makes it harder to quickly place yourself in the story.
Nonetheless, this wasn’t a strong enough reason to put me off the book and shouldn’t be for you either. On the contrary, I still felt that was a nice quick read, with a beautiful magical setting and interesting story.
If you love fairytales retelling with a darker, sinister and mature style The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney should definitely be on your TBR list.
The Beauty of The Wolf by Wray Delaney hardcover and kindle versions are out now and you can get it on Amazon (affiliated link).
Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a hardback copy of The Beauty of The Wolf in exchange for my honest review.