A Dream of Ebony and White by Melanie Cellier ~Audiobook Review~

A Dream of Ebony and White by Melanie Cellier is the fourth book in the Beyond the Four Kingdoms series and a retelling of Snow White. Snow just lost her father and consumed with grief, that is, if she were allowed to grieve. Her stepmother is cruel and can’t be trusted and Snow isn’t well versed in politics or how to run a kingdom. Alexander is her dearest friend and a royal huntsman. He hears of a plan to kill Snow, so he whisks her off to the forest. There she meets seven children who let her stay and help her learn about the forest and survival. But will it be enough to take on her stepmother?

Snow White is not my favorite fairytale, so I was not expecting to be thrilled with this retelling. Boy, was I wrong! I LOVED this version! There is so much complexity to Snow. She is a young girl, discovering herself, her emotions, and not having the courage to take on her stepmother consumes her. How can she possibly be worthy or good enough to take over the thrown? Well, with a little help from Alexander and the 7 children. She grows. She grows stronger and learns more about her people and how to lead them.

Also, I love the change from dwarves to children. These kids are orphans and have had to survive on their own. They are able to show her the skills she will need to serve her people. But my absolute favorite part in this whole story… is her finding family where she thought all was lost. This discovery is so tender that it brought tears to my eyes. (You will have to read it to see!) And as always, Esther Wane is phenomenal!

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

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