Laying twelve fairy tales bare while questioning their traditional endings and moral lessons, Chainani reweaves these tales into modern masterpieces tackling the patriarchy, gender roles, and happy endings. Surprising and magical, each story is beautifully crafted, drawing the reader in. This is perfect for anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale and beautiful writing. Read it with a friend so you can discuss it together!— Kathy
“A stellar addition to any collection. Soman Chainani reworks fairy tales in a dark, enchanting, and fresh way that breathes life into the classics and makes them feel timely and empowering.”
— Brad Sells, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
You think you know these stories, don’t you?
You are wrong.
You don’t know them at all.
Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death.
A prince has a surprising awakening . . .
A beauty fights like a beast . . .
A boy refuses to become prey . . .
A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.
New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani respins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.
Soman Chainani is the New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series. The fairy-tale saga has sold over 3 million copies, been translated into 29 languages, and will soon be a major motion picture from Netflix, which Soman will executive produce.
Soman is a graduate of Harvard University and received his MFA in film from Columbia University. Every year, he visits schools around the world to speak to kids and share his secret: that reading is the path to a better life.
You can visit Soman at www.somanchainani.com.
Julia Iredale is an artist from Victoria, BC. She earned a Bachelors degree in Illustration from Emily Carr University in 2015, and now works as a freelance illustrator for clients around the world. Her work is informed by her love of mythology, dark fantasy, and human psychology, weaving these together to create beautiful, mysterious characters and worlds.