Cinders Like Glass: Victorian Retelling Book Two
Carpe Vitam Press, Aug 15, 2021
A classic Cinderella fairytale with a Victorian Twist.With her guiding hand, Lady Ada turns the mundane into the magnificent, lumps of charcoal into beautiful sketches-and second-hand clothes into gorgeous gowns. Only her debilitating stutter is beyond reach.When her cruel brother is accused of treason, he threatens her-she must help him, or be thrown into an asylum, claiming her stutter as evidence of an unsound mind.Like a rabid dog, the Duke of Girard is consumed with uncovering the traitorous plot surrounding Lady Ada's brother. She holds the key to solving the mystery, but is unable to speak. He's determined to interrogate the woman, but the longer he's in her company, the more kind he becomes. With Lady Ada's brother on the loose, can the Duke of Girard win her trust-and her heart-in time to save the queen?
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Cinderella and her Prince Charming? Maybe...
Over the last couple of years I've really gotten into fairytale retellings, I went through a kick as a teen but there weren't as many options back then as there are now, and from medieval to fantasy I've read them. Then I discovered Clarissa Kae and her Victorian Retellings series with its blend of historical romance, suspense, and wonderful Gothic overtones. I was totally hooked.
Cinders Like Glass is the second book in the series and is every bit as good as its predecessor! Right away Clarissa Kae had me immersed in the political intrigue of Victorian London. And Cinders Like Glass has A LOT of intrigue! This book picks up the search for the mysterious villain 'Le Tailleur' where the first Victorian Retellings left off. The stakes are even higher as the hunt heats up and I was kept flipping my ereader's digital pages nearly as fast as I could. In fact, I read this book almost in one sitting.
Lady Ada and the Dark Duke, where to start? They both have their faults and I liked them because of it. She sometimes came of as a bit naive, despite where she's come from, and he is overbearing and frequently judgmental. One thing I will note here is that there is some use of mildly stronger language.
If you enjoy fairytale retellings and Gothic style fiction I definitely recommend Clarissa Kae's very entertaining Victorian Retellings series. As with the first book, Cinders Like Glass is recognizable for the fairytale it is based on but also comes across as fresh and new and different. Now I have to wait...and wait...and wait for the next one to release. Can you tell I'm just a touch impatient?
(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)