Malice Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The princess isn't supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty, true love is more complicated than a simple fairy tale. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Holly Black.
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who cursed a line of princesses to die, and could only be broken by true love's kiss. You've heard this before, haven't you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.
Let me tell you, no one actually cares about what happens to our princesses. I thought I didn't care, either. Until I met her.
Princess Aurora. The last heir to the throne. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn't bothered that I am the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she...cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.
But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can't stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it's what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.
Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don't we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—
I am the villain.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 14 minutes|
|Narrator||Ann Marie Gideon|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||13 April 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,386 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
4 in LGBTQ+ Fantasy
19 in Lesbian Fiction
48 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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Alyce was the villain in the story, and though you usually wouldn't side with the villain, I actually felt for her, and really liked reading the story from her viewpoint. She wasn't as awful as people initially thought, trying her best to improve her skills and abilities, and growing more of a conscience as the story went on.
I did like this play on Sleeping Beauty - a bit twisted, but also intriguing. I would love to know what happens next!
Heather Walter has turned a fairytale I was completely ambivalent to into my favourite fracture fairy tale I’ve read so far.
Writing is beautiful, characters are dynamic and interesting, the world building is *chefs kiss*, and Alice is so relatable.
The feels in Thai book left my fingers trembling at the end.
Bring on Book Two!
Top reviews from other countries
It enticed me and lured me in and I'm glad I did.
I love speculative fiction and re-tellings and am a huge fan of Anna Burke, so this had big boots to fill.
I'm so glad I read this.
It has everything you want in a good read and great story.
The writing was exquisite, the plot excellent, the characters and world building fantastic.
Alyce had such depth and complexity that you felt every harsh word or wicked deed done, deep in your bones.
I was utterly enthralled from the start to finish and had trouble putting this book down (to sleep).
It was dark, it was light and everything in between.
It lifted me up and brought me tearing down time after time.
I haven't felt so many raw and turbulent emotions in a book for quite a while. Unexpected and utterly beautiful.
Just one small gripe - the long wait until the next one.
Also, if Disney wants to do reimagened fairytales by retreading its animation back catalogue this is exactly the sort of story they should have being telling. I'd suggest get this and just imagine it's classically animated and it becomes the Sleeping Beauty remake that should have happened.
It had a fantastic slow burn between the main characters, whose lives were filled with twists and turns, I liked the fact not everything was so black and white, there were grey areas that made this book so Intresting.
It was one hell of a ride and the ending left me wanting more, I honestly don't have a clue how the next book will play out after reading this, I don't know if my poor heart can take anymore.
Very enjoyable read and I've already raved about it to my friends!