Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.
When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.
Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.
But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
About F.M. Boughan:
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.
You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she's been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).
Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird... among other things.
F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.
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I read this book in a single day. Seriously. A single day. It was sooooo good! I loved that this book took a beautiful and traditional fairy tale and turned it into a darker and far more interestingly feminist version of itself (I mean, she had no one help her defeat evil except a book and her own wits). I'm someone who loves dark and twisty stories to begin with, so this was right up my ally. It was so interesting to read Ella discover her Necromancer abilities, and it was really cool how Boughan tied it directly in with the original story. Ella was such a 3-D character, and I rooted for her every step of the way, and I got so upset during the scenes with the evil Stepmother. She was no helpless princess, but stood up for herself against her tormentors, (which were especially dark and evil in this story!) her Stepmother and Stepstisters.
What was also especially interesting was her relationship with Prince William, who harbours some secrets of his own. The fact that she keeps her identity a secret from him is always my favourite part of the Cinderella story, and this version didn't disappoint. It always makes me smile when he realises who she actually is.
I can honestly say that I want this book to become a movie directed by Guillermo del Toro with all my heart and soul. The demons, magic, fashion and scenery was amazingly rich, and all I wanted to do was become Ella. And she had a pretty hard go of it so that's saying something. The world building was that good. All in all, I loved this book, and wish there was a sequel coming (one can hope, but who knows, the story has kinda ended...).
" “Good night … ” His voice trailed off, expectant.
I knew what he waited for, and I supposed I owed him that much.
But first, I turned to leave and walked several paces toward the
house before allowing a final glace over my shoulder.
“Ellison,” I said, “but you may call me Ella.” "
- F.M Boughan
Recommended for people who enjoy: Cinderella, the original Grimms Fairy Tales (not the kiddie ones), magic, fantasy
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