Title: The Seventh Bride
Author: T. Kingfisher
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Published Date: November 24, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy-Paranormal,
Rating: 4 of 5
I received this book from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Rhea is an ordinary miller’s daughter, engaged to be married under suspicious circumstances to a man not of her choosing. He has unknown powers and a manor house full of mysterious women.
Rhea has a hedgehog. It claims to be ordinary, but normal hedgehogs don’t act like that.
It’s probably not going to be enough.
The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher was surprisingly good. I really enjoyed reading this.
It reads almost like a folk tale, or a fable. There is a millers daughter, Rea, who at only 15 finds herself engaged to the mysterious, and honestly; very creepy, Lord Crevan. She doesn’t want to get married, however, saying ‘no’ to a lord would be even worse than the actual marriage. Rea wants to get married even less when she is invited to Lord Crevan’s home, and finds out that he already has not one wife, but 6 wives; and she is in line to be the seventh. Understandably Rhea is somewhat confused, slightly embarrassed, and a whole lot angry. Clearly there are some strange things going on with Lord Crevan, and Rhea has some questions. Is he a sorcerer? What does he need with seven wives? And why is one of the wives stuck in the clock and making the floor disappear every night at midnight? It is ultimately up to Rhea to discover the answers to these question, and save her life. Fortunately she’ll have a little help along the way from witches, familiar bears, and a quite adorable hedgehog.
I adored Rhea. She was believably feisty and scared at the same time. She was put into on odd and unbelievable situation where most may just accept their fate and try to make the best of it. However, Rhea doesn’t give up on finding a way out of this hellish life in front of her. Though, at the same time she is willing to sacrifice herself should getting out of the marriage mean trouble for her family. I felt she was a very strong heroine; I enjoyed following in her courage, ire, and her confusion.
Though some of the characters I was a little unsure if Rhea should really be trusting, Maria for one, there was one character that was certainly on the side of evil, Lord Crevan. Though we don’t see much of him, or witness a lot of what he has done, we get to see his bad side through the fear in the other wives, and in exactly what he has done to them. He is the kind of evil, who has actually convinced himself he is doing not just the world but his wives a favor by marrying them. The marriage is in sort a bargain that he gains a particular something from the wives in the process of. I won’t say more than that. He is straight up evil!
This was an excellent read, and I recommend it to everyone.