A Dream of Ebony and White by Melanie Cellier – Book Review, Preview

Posted August 15, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Are there particular authors you know of that whenever they release a book, you will read it, regardless of subject? Melanie Cellier is on my list. And I’m sadly behind on reading her books. When I saw that I had a lull in my reading schedule, I snapped this up to read!

A Dream of Ebony and White by Melanie Cellier – Book Review, Preview

A Dream of Ebony and White: A Retelling of Snow White

by Melanie Cellier

Series: Beyond the Four Kingdoms #4
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Published by Luminant Publications
Publication Date October 17, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance, Young Adult
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Middle-School
Pages: 302


Snow has always lived under the shadow of her cruel stepmother, with only her beloved father and her childhood friend--the huntsman, Alexander--to make life bearable. When her father dies, she should be crowned queen, but instead she finds herself fleeing for her life. With no allies, no skills, and no food, her future could be over before it has truly begun.

But there's more at stake than just one life. If Snow can't claim her throne, her kingdom faces destruction. Snow has to make a choice: focus on her own salvation or put everything on the line--even those she loves the most. And if she's going to succeed, Snow must fight the hardest battle of all, against her own doubt and weakness, and gain new skills and strength she never imagined possessing.

Alexander is ready to help her. But if she lets him, the consequences might be more than she can bear--because her heart is in as much jeopardy as the kingdom.

In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Snow must find her inner strength in time to fight for her throne before it's too late.

If you enjoy clean romance, adventure and intrigue, then try the books in the Beyond the Four Kingdoms series now! These interconnected fairy tale retellings each feature a different princess who has to fight for her happily ever after.

Beyond the Four Kingdoms reading order: A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses 
A Tale of Beauty and Beast: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast 
A Crown of Snow and Ice: A Retelling of The Snow Queen 
A Dream of Ebony and White: A Retelling of Snow White 
And coming in 2019 A Captive of Wing and Feather: A Retelling of The Swan Princess 
A Princess of Wind and Wave: A Retelling of The Little Mermaid

Also in this series: A Dance of Silver and Shadow: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Beyond the Four Kingdoms Book 1), A Tale of Beauty and Beast: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, A Captive of Wing and Feather: A Retelling of Swan Lake

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There are a few variations on how fairy tales are retold. First, there is the kind that moves the setting, and perhaps the time, and then tells the story almost verbatim, possibly updating a name or an expression but covering every detail and making sure it is the same as the book. Then there are the retellings that keep the setting and the characters but you aren’t even sure it is the same story. And so on. And so on.

Melanie Cellier’s fairy tales are always an interesting twist on the original. While the setting is similar and events resemble those in the original, the way things play out often has a unique twist. I have been loving these stories and am so glad I had a chance to catch up with A Dream of Ebony and White.

Many of the author’s heroines are strong and fearless. Princess Blanche is not one of these. She doesn’t have many skills outside the running of a castle (which, if you think of it, is quite a feat.) She is fearful of her stepmother and has not been known to stand up to anyone. Yet when her father dies and she finds herself fleeing for her life, she knows it is time for things to change.

Snow just might be one of my favorite of the Four Kingdoms and Beyond princesses. Then again, that might just be because she is the one I just read about! Her wake-up call and the way she handled it, showing true grace and courage, had me cheering for her!

The author’s choice to tell the story from only Snow’s perspective was spot on. Knowing anyone else’s thoughts would have spoiled things!

I loved the changes from the original story and the similarities as well. Though familiar with Snow White’s story, I was never quite sure what would happen next.

If you enjoy fantasy, if you enjoy fairy tales, if you enjoy great adventures, you need to read the Four Kingdoms and Beyond series. In fact, while you’re at it, just read everything you can by Melanie Cellier. You won’t regret it!



About Melanie Cellier

Melanie Cellier grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although she got older, she never stopped loving children’s and young adult novels.

She always wanted to write one herself, but it took three careers and three different continents before she actually managed it.

She now feels incredibly fortunate to spend her time writing from her home in Adelaide, Australia where she keeps an eye out for koalas in her backyard. Her staple diet hasn’t changed much, although she’s added choc mint Rooibos tea and Chicken Crimpies to the list.

Her young adult Four Kingdoms and Beyond the Four Kingdoms series are made up of linked stand-alone stories that retell classic fairy tales.

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