My favorite Maguire after the Wicked series.
Set in Italy, I LOVE the inclusion of Lucretia Borgia and his take on dwarves felt fresh.
Set in Renaissance Italy, this revisionist version of "Snow White" casts as its heroine young Bianca de Nevada. Her widowed father is a minor nobleman with loyalties to the Borgia family, particularly Cesare and his sister (and lover) Lucrezia. But when the lecherous Cesare begins to pay too much attention to Bianca, jealous Lucrezia orders a young hunter to lead the girl into the forest and kill her. The girl escapes and is taken in by seven dwarves, who are on a quest to retrieve their special mirror. If you enjoy this novel by Wicked author Gregory Maguire, you may also want to read his Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, a retelling of "Cinderella" set in 17th-century Holland.
It was alright. It grew dull for me and was difficult to finish. I read this after Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister though so I could have been growing tired of the concept. It was my least favorite of his books of this style though.
This book was interesting, and was not very comparable to those fables we have known about Snow White. This has more of a historical aspect to it. I belive it is more historical than any of the books I have read by Gregory Maguire, and this is what I liked about it. The inclusion of the Borgias family intrigued me, thought this was probably my least favorite of Maguire's books I've read so far.
This book is intriguing. It's a variation of Snow White set in Italy and with the historical figures of the Borgias playing the antagonists. It is the same story with different characters and plot devices, but it is entertaining nonetheless.
A very intriguing novel, and not one for the faint of heart - or at least, those who oppose or can't stomach incest. Lucrezia Borgia plays the role of the Evil Stepmother quite excellently, and is actually more intriguing and interesting than Bianca de Nevada, the book's Snow White.
Maguire's handling of the story is not so original as his take on the characters and the origin of the mirror, as well as its creators. Definitely a page turner.
"average" rating means, it's anything but average, I just can't decide if I liked it or if I'm mad that this guy's literary art used up so much of my time.
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