We all know Marissa Meyer is the master of the fairytale retellings. Well, she’s back at it—this time with a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the first ten chapters and this is what I can tell you about it.
Serilda is an eighteen-year-old girl who lives with her father in a small house on the outskirts of a remote town. During the day she helps at the school, but her greatest joy comes in spinning tales. She regales the schoolchildren, townspeople, even her father, with stories that grow continuously more fantastical.
One night, a noise from outside pulls Serilda from her bed. Before she knows it, she finds herself face-to-face with the Erlking who is in the middle of the wild hunt. Filled with fear, she does what comes naturally—she spins a tale and walks away unscathed. But the Erlking doesn’t take kindly to being made fool of and their next encounter may prove more than Serilda can lie her way out of.
Marissa Meyer has set up a deeply dark and dangerous world. Gilded promises to be another brilliant novel set in a world that is so familiar, yet so much more than we ever imagined and I can’t wait to read the rest!
*I received a sneak peak of Gilded from MacMillan Children’s Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*