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The Rakshasa's Bride (A Fairy Tale Retold) by [Rowntree, Suzannah]
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Length: 69 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Preeti Kamla has the evil eye. It’s the only explanation for the tragedy and disgrace besetting her once wealthy family. But when a handsome stranger in the village square tells her he has broken her curse, Preeti almost believes him.

Until a twist of fate whisks her away from everything she knows, and the gruesome Demon Rajah claims her as his bride.

A rich and romantic retelling of Beauty and the Beast in the style of a Bollywood epic. Novella, approximately 18,000 words.

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  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fairy Tale With An Allegorical And Ethnic Twist 30 November 2015
By Leah E Good - Published on
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Experience the classic tale of Beauty and The Beast with an allegorical spin and ethnic setting.

Preeti and her father have the evil eye. There's no question about it. Ever since Babuji's fortune was lost, Preeti's own sister has ignored them. Though unhappy, Preeti accepts her fate in typical Hindu fashion -- she must be paying for sins committed in a previous life. Just as their luck seems ready to change, tragedy strikes. Babuji's simple gift of a lotus for Preeti must be paid for with her freedom. To save her father's life, she must go to live with the fearsome Rakshasa and continually rebuff his request for her hand in marriage.

I really wish there was a paperback version of this book! If there were, I'd be getting at least one copy as a Christmas present. To begin with, I love India. To have a fairy tale retelling set there was very exciting. Secondly, Beauty make me partial to Beauty and the Beast, even though I've never been a big fairy tales girl. Third, I really enjoyed the subtle allegory woven into this tale. Rowntree never breaks away from the Indian culture her tale is couched in, but the picture of self-sacrificial redemption tucked into The Rakshasa's Bride is unmistakable.
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Well-Written and Rich To Read 13 June 2015
By Y. K. Willemse - Published on
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This marvellous little novella is full of rich descriptions and details harvested from a wealth of research on the Middle East. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairy tale ever, so I couldn't pass this up. I enjoyed the story-telling and found this a delicious read on so many levels.
On a constructive note, I struggled to understand how Sanjit was supposed to appear as a Rakshasa to his enemies and yet showed himself as a young lord to Preeti several times before her mindset changed. Additionally, Sanjit passed through the open area near the well before Amma Madhu and several other people, and no one seemed to react in fear... meaning that he must have appeared to them as a young lord as well, even though they were quite clearly enemies of his who should have seen him as a Rakshasa. Secondly, I felt - and this may be just my opinion - that Preeti did a great deal of crying in this book. This is understandable, but as a reader, I would have preferred that the majority of her emotional responses didn't manifest themselves in tears.
Besides the above confusion and the note regarding Preeti, I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Rowntree's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic, Lyrical, Thought-Provoking 29 December 2015
By Kelsey Bryant - Published on
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I really enjoyed this beautiful story. The prose is lyrical, in the spirit of old, exotic tales. Suzannah Rowntree retold "Beauty and the Beast" very innovatively. The Indian setting made it more intriguing than the average fairy tale retelling. I loved the descriptions of the Rakshasa's palace. It was delightfully surprising the way she spun Christian allegory into the story; it's not immediately obvious. The story provides much food for thought. I highly recommend this for people who like unique and classic reads.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully-written fairytale retelling in an exotic setting 23 February 2015
By Elisabeth - Published on
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Though I have very little familiarity with the Indian culture in which "The Rakshasa's Bride" takes place, and only a cursory acquaintance with the fairytale of Beauty and the Beast, I enjoyed this short retelling because of the author's beautiful writing. Suzannah Rowntree has a gift for creating lifelike, relatable characters and crafting a setting with such vivid imagery that I was drawn into it in spite of the unfamiliarity. Christian readers will also recognize a graceful touch of allegory, subtle enough that it doesn't jar the story off-balance, but recognizable enough that you don't need it pointed out to you. Beauty and the Beast enthusiasts will probably appreciate this story even more than I did, and anyone who enjoys this taste of Rowntree's writing will definitely want to look out for her debut novel "Pendragon's Heir," releasing March 2015.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and The Beast 6 October 2016
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This is a retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. It is a very good story. I loved it very much. I read the while story in one day.

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