Review – Allerleirauh

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Title: Allerleirauh

Author: Chantal Gadoury

Rating:
4 stars

Note: I was sent an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Aurelia is the princess of Tranen, but her parents wished she was a boy, an heir. 
On her deathbed, the queen makes the king promise to only marry a woman with hair as golden as hers. 
The king searches for years, but with no luck. No woman in the kingdom has golden hair like the queen – except his daughter. The king decides the only way to honor his late wife’s wish is if he marries Aurelia, his daughter. 
The night before the wedding, Aurelia manages to escape into another kingdom where she hides from her past with the help of a handsome prince.

The book takes place in and around old time Germany and is a rewrite of a classic fairytale from the Brothers’ Grimm of the same name.

I had not heard off or read the original story so I was a little taken aback by the start.
The first part of the book left me in shock and more than a little disgusted from the king’s intentions of marrying his own daughter, even going so far as to take her virginity before the wedding (Yes, we’re talking about incest here).
I’ve never come across such a thing in any book I’ve ever read.

But afterwards, when Aurelia flees, the whole book changes and I found it hard to put it down. I read it in two sittings over two days and actually was left wanting more.

Aurelia’s character goes through a personal change, from victim to survivor to finally taking control of her life when faced with her father again.

I enjoyed reading about Prince Klaus of Saarland der Licht, who is a kind and gentle man that cares more about the wellbeing of others than himself. The prince is set to marry a princess from France, but finds himself falling for this strange girl living in his castle and who hides many secrets.

If you like retellings and can get over the incestuous beginning of the book, then I highly recommend reading Allerleirauh. The language flows at a nice pace, you learn a little German along the way and overall it is a great story.

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