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This review is from: Rose Daughter (Hardcover)
For the second time, Robin McKinley tackles the story of Beauty and the Beast, a story that has haunted our collective cultural imagination for centuries. While I enjoyed Beauty, her first retelling, Rose Daughter is, to borrow a metaphor that unfurls behind almost every page of the book, to Beauty as a full-blown rose is to a bud. This time around, the story is deeper, darker, and multi-layered; everything, from the depiction of characters, to the plot-line, to the imagery, is more extensive. Throughout the novel, one has a delicious sense that most of the story is going on beneath the surface- only certain images, like that of the rose, float up to the top from time to time. Submerge yourself.