The Lady Raven by Rebecca Henry
Title The Lady Raven
Series A Dark Cinderella Tale
Genre fantasy, fairytale retelling
Number of pages 175
Published November 30th, 2017
Received from Bewitching Book Tours
In The Lady Raven, Rebecca Henry tells the tale of Zezolla, a little princess abandoned by her father into the hands of her evil stepmother and wicked stepsisters. A familiar fairy tale you may think but all is not as it appears. The reader is soon drawn into a web of witchcraft, lies, and deceit, and gradually realizes that this is no typical fairy tale but a dark and macabre take on one. Zezolla is treated with the utmost cruelty, neglected and vilified, and left to live in the damp cellars of the castle. The only friends Zezolla has are her beloved raven and her pet wolf. Her only comfort lies in the loyalty of the creatures of the forest and her mother’s hazel tree. Will Zezolla have the power to escape her torment and ultimately save herself from the unscrupulous clutches of the king? The Lady Raven is a compelling tale and one that is not for the faint-hearted.
The Lady Raven is a Cinderella retelling, but with a twist. It follows the basic storyline, but the story is so much more. Full of betrayal, murder, and magic. it's the story of Zezolla, who despite everything that happens to her, stays good. After her mother is murdered, her father remarries. But the marriage is short lived. Not long after he gets marries again, by her governess who Zezolla trusted, but is not who she seems. Life gets even more difficult for her. She gets stripped of all her belongings, her title and left to live as the servant. Her only friends are her raven and wolf. But she doesn't give up, she stays kind and good.
The start of the story is a bit slow, but the pace picks up and gets a lot better. The book is full of twists and turns and there is no dull moment. It's also very dark, there is a lot of gruesome deaths, beating, severed toes and lots of magic. :) And I love reading it!