Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Grave Robber’s Apprentice

Written by: Allan Stratton

First line: Years ago, in the Archduchy of Waldland, on a night when the winds were strong and the waves were high, a boy washed ashore in a small wooden chest.

Why you should read this book: Gathering together familiar tropes from countless fairy tales and the occasional work of William Shakespeare, this book breathe fresh life into old archetypes to create a unique and satisfying work that inhabits worlds we already know, stitched together into a new and surprising tapestry. Angela, the Little Countess, is more or less happy in life until she learns that she must marry the repugnant, wife-killing Archduke Arnolf on her thirteenth birthday; Hans, the grave robber’s apprentice, is about to run afoul of his adoptive father due to his lack of interest in desecrating corpses. Together, they escape their respective horrible fates, do battle with monsters real and imaginary, uncover secrets long forgotten, and restore order to a kingdom crushed by evil and betrayal.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You’ve ever considered murdering an older sibling to get your fair share of the inheritance.

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