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A Worthy Retelling of "Beauty and the Beast"

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Roses by G.R. Mannering (Sky Pony Press, 2013, 320pp.)

In Wicked, Gregory Maguire reinvented the land of Oz and completely changed the way we look at the Wicked Witch of the West. In G.R. Mannering’s Roses, the oft-retold fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” gets a similar modern fantasy treatment. Taking place in the fictional land of Sago, Roses documents the life of Beauty, a strange, silvery-skinned girl with amethyst-colored eyes who lives a miserable existence with her cruel Aunt Dane. Left on her aunt’s doorstep by her mother years earlier, Aunt Dane considers Beauty a freak and a burden—clearly someone of Magic Blood, considering her appearance. The only person who seems to care about Beauty’s well-being at all is the kindly Owaine, the head of the House’s stables. When a genocide targeting Magic Bloods begins to sweep throughout the land, Owaine leads Beauty from the dangerous cities to the rural Hillands, where life continues to be difficult. Her appearance continues to inspire …