Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

This rendition by Mahlon Craft features elements of other retellings that may not be as familiar to readers. Beauty’s relationship with her two sisters is explored in depth, and it is their selfishness that causes her to nearly lose the Beast. He has a softer heart and better intentions than other incarnations of the character. His imprisonment in the Beast’s body is because of a mischievous fairy rather than his own wickedness. The traditional patterns of the rose luring in the merchant father, Beauty’s self-sacrifice, the charm of the Beast...

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Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty

For 900 years, Arcadia has been ruled by the Gentle Lord, Ignifex—a powerful demon willing to bargain to grant his subjects wishes, but there are always unexpected costs. Nyx is the result of one of those bargains. In order to have children, her father agreed that one of his daughters would become Ignifex’s bride. The unexpected cost was his wife’s life. Determined for revenge against the Gentle Lord and free Arcadia from his cursed rule...

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