And now for my second review of the Magic Mirrors tour!
Blurb: Queen Vashti the Fair is not only the wife of King Xerxes, she is also—secretly—an enchantress. But thanks to Haman’s flirting she now has a new distinction: deposed. While Vashti loses perks like her holographic trousseau, Haman continues to enjoy his position as second in command, much to Vashti’s vexation.
Mordecai was once a soldier in the king’s private guard, but has since carved out a self-sufficient life for himself and niece Esther. Although citizens are required to have an identity chip for governmental transactions, he and Esther live off the grid and out of big-government’s greedy reach.
Or so he thought.
When Mordecai’s old nemesis, Haman, turns up demanding Esther’s participation in the king’s upcoming beauty pageant, Mordecai arranges to have her transported to the Vale of Seven Dragons for protection. But not before Esther’s charm makes her a target on Vashti’s radar, as Vashti seeks to undermine the outcome of Xerxes’ hunt for a new queen.
Esther is caught between loyalty to her uncle and fear for her future—whether in the care of dragons or in the palace of the king. Will she be brave enough to embrace her destiny, wherever that may be?
What do hovercars, biochips, wizard wars, dragons, the story of Snow White and the story of Esther have in common? They’re all components of Heather L.L. Fitzgerald’s unique scifi/fantasy fairytale/Bible story mashup For Such a Time as This!
Throw everything you know about the original stories out the window. Heather borrows lightly from the original sources while giving this hybrid novella a spin all it’s own. Despite the similar names and inciting events, in many ways this book is more loosely inspired than a retelling, though it never loses the connection either.
I have a bit of an obsession for tales that are distinctively different so I’m ashamed to admit my focus was distracted part of this story, wondering how it was going to get back on track. But I should have known the author had it well in hand. She even managed to make the king sympathetic and likeable when I was all set to loathe him. How did she do that!? lol;-)
Honestly my biggest regret is that For Such a Time as This is only a novella. The post-cataclysmic world in the book and the events referred to throughout are so interesting I would have enjoyed getting to know it better.
What Bible story would you like to see retold as speculative fiction?
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Award winning author Heather L.L. FitzGerald writes from her home in Texas, while dreaming of being back in the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up. She is drawn to stories that become good friends–friends you want to revisit–the kind you wish to keep close. Those are the type of novels Heather aspires to write, ones worthy of delicious coffee and a lingering relationship.
The Tethered World was a finalist and The Flaming Sword won the 2017 OCW Cascade Award for Speculative Fiction. So far in 2018 The Genesis Tree has become a finalist for a Realm Award, Selah Award, and an OCW Cascade Award.
Heather’s a member of ACFW, Manent Writers, and CAN.
The Magic Mirrors – seven retellings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by six different authors, each unique in tone, setting, and moral. From the lighthearted and twisted to dark reimagining to futuristic mashups to non-magical historical fiction, this collection has something in it for every reader.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy by the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.