The Seventh Bride

The Seventh Bride Rhea is an ordinary miller s daughter engaged to be married under suspicious circumstances to a man not of her choosing He has unknown powers and a manor house full of mysterious women Rhea has a hed

  • Title: The Seventh Bride
  • Author: T. Kingfisher
  • ISBN: 9781503949751
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rhea is an ordinary miller s daughter, engaged to be married under suspicious circumstances to a man not of her choosing He has unknown powers and a manor house full of mysterious women.Rhea has a hedgehog It claims to be ordinary, but normal hedgehogs don t act like that.It s probably not going to be enough.

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    About "T. Kingfisher"

    1. T. Kingfisher

      T Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen name of Ursula Vernon In another life, she writes children s books and weird comics, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half dozen Junior Library Guild selections.This is the name she uses when writing things for grown ups.When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies.

    853 thoughts on “The Seventh Bride”

    1. Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsBluebeard: Not a fairytale I was very familiar with, but I knew the basics: wealthy, lord(-like) guy marries a pretty, young thing and takes her home. He immediately has to leave (b/c reasons). She has freedom to explore the many rooms of her new residence, but she is expressly forbidden to enter ONE of them. Curiosity overwhelms her, and she finds a way into the room, where she discovers . . . the bodies of all his previous wivesPE SEVENTH BRIDE is an interesting twist o [...]

    2. Rhea is the fifteen year old daughter of the town miller. She is a feisty young thing. Taking out evil swans when they eat her lunch and keeping the gremlins out of the flour. Those Gremlins cause some problems when bits and pieces of them end up in the flour.She is happy and has pretty decent parents so she is disappointed when she finds out that she has been spoken for by a nobleman. Peasants pretty much can't tell a noble no so she knows she is pretty much stuck with the guy.Marriage was like [...]

    3. 99c Kindle sale, 1/17/2017.Full review, first posted on FantasyLiterature:One of the less well-known folk tales, Bluebeard, the tale of the aristocrat who has married several wives who have ominously disappeared, is dusted off and adapted by T. Kingfisher in The Seventh Bride, a middle grade/young adult fantasy. (Note: Kingfisher is a pen name for Ursula Vernon, the Nebula award-winning author of Jackalope Wives who I'm a fangirl of.) Rhea, a fifteen year old miller’s daughter, is unhappily an [...]

    4. I initially passed this book up on NetGalley when I saw it. The cover with the girl standing in front of the clock just didn't appeal to me. (I mean, yes, that scene does happen in the book, so I can't complain - but it didn't call out to me.) However, after reading several glowing reviews of the book, and seeing THIS cover (with the bird skull) - which is a work of beauty on its own - I had to go back and grab it.And boy am I glad that I did! This book is GREAT!It's an original fairytale, in th [...]

    5. This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeI ended up enjoying this book a lot. It had so much going for it and I loved the fairy tale quality that I found throughout the novel. I will admit that I was first drawn to this book simply because of the cover. Isn't the cover artwork great? After reading the description, I decided to go ahead and give this one a try and ended up being completely captivated by the story. As good as the cover artwork is, the story is even better.I have heard [...]

    6. “I’m suggesting that if you’re going to bring hell down upon someone’s head, you should dress for the occasion.” First, Cover Love.The concept is an intriguing take on Bluebeard and his wives trope. A beautiful woman (15 yr old girl in this case) forced into marriage gets to see the horrors that await her when she explores his home, meets surviving wives and discovers some of them are dead. Sign me up for a unique story such as that – unfortunately, despite the allure drawing me, I s [...]

    7. I loved this! It was a little more frightening than I expected, but it was more sad horror than really gruesome, and Rhea's pragmatic outlook made up for the scariness. Still, I'm glad I didn't read this when I was a kid or a teen -- I wouldn't have slept for weeks. As an adult, it bothered me less, and the humorous touches went a long way in making the story bearable. Romance-haters, this is the book for you! There's not a bit of romance anywhere in the whole story. Real review to come tomorrow [...]

    8. This was a surprisingly good little book. I received this as a 'Read Now' through NetGalley. I have to admit that I hesitating before clicking on it. I thought it was going to be too young or too fantasy (I know that sounds weird, but sometimes things get too fantastical and they lose me). For some reason, I kept coming back to it and figured, it's less than 200 pages, I might as well give it a go. I'm so glad I did. This is the story of a fifteen year old miller's daughter that is proposed to b [...]

    9. A magic hedgehog? That's newA retelling of Bluebeard? Yay to both!Pros:•The magical hedgehog! I swear the moment the main character met the hedgehog, I felt like this retelling also included a little of Alice in Wonderland.•Magic. The interesting ways that magic held a place in this story was intriguing.Cons:•When the main character is told she has to marry a noble, her reaction is understandable, her relatives' are not. They let her go walk a path that could be dangerous alone to a guy wh [...]

    10. Another day, another retelling. This one vaguely based on the Bluebeard taleIt has a miller's daughter as the main character and a resourceful hedgehog as the cute sidekick.Thing is, despite my attempt at lightness, this story couldn't be further away from it.The writing may feel a little too plain at times _ for which reason I took a star from the final rating _ and the character may feel a little too young, but once again _ read my review of Bryony and Roses _ I feel that this book should be d [...]

    11. Part fairy tale part fantasy this book grew on me as it went along. I'd highly recommend it for parents looking for a good read for their teens as I often am. It is a little dark for a YA title but there's nothing macabre or sexual.

    12. I actually bought this initially, but the Netgalley page said something about it being an updated version, so I went for it. I originally picked it up for the promise of a heroic little hedgehog, and I was very happy with that aspect — the hedgehog is brave, helpful, clever, and funny. It can’t speak, so it communicates with the protagonist via miming and yes/no answers. It sounded so cute. I want one!The story itself, aside from the hedgehogs, is a nice reimagining of a Bluebeard fairytale [...]

    13. On Netgalley? Now you can request T.Kingsfishers excellent subverted fairytale "The Seventh Bride"Its in the "Read now" category :)Rhea the millers daughter is if not happy with her life at least content. Even if she has to fish out the occassional mangled gremlin or the ongoing feud she has with a sandwich stealing swan. But her predictable life changed whenher parents tell her that a certain Lord Crevan wants to marry her and seem to think this is great news.Rhea knew she would be getting marr [...]

    14. I LOVED this. I remember finding it on a friend's list while wandering around, and I was surprised by how many reviews it had from top reviewers. I am happy to confirm that all of those good reviews are well-deserved: this is a funny but wholly creepy fairy tale reimagining that I devoured in less than a day, and it deserves more readers than it has. The good news is that T. Kingfisher (great pen name by the way) has several more of these. I am going to eat them all up.The fairy tale retold her [...]

    15. What a fun read! I got this from Netgalley as a read now. It is an entertaining and quick story full of fanciful characters, one of which is a cute little hedgehog. I doubt I would have liked the story as much if there had been no hedgehog. He adds a lot to it for me. But, I did enjoy the tale very much of Rhea and the wives she is forced to live with. As a 15 year old Rhea is not yet ready for marriage of a true love nature; much less to an older man perhaps even as old as her father, who has u [...]

    16. **I received the e-book from Netgalley in exchange of my honest review**It was great! :DIt was really creepy and it had a lot of magic, it was fantastic how T. narrates all the scary scenes! :)The thing I loved the most about this book is that no matter how bad or dangerous the things were Rhea always had a sarcastic or funny comment to do and it made the book a lot better in my opinion <3The only thing that I didn't enjoy too much was the ending, I think it could have been a lot more that wh [...]

    17. Reasons why you should read this book:-It's short and straight to the point- There's a badass hedgehog “It was starting to get impatient. A hedgehog hopping irritably on its hind legs is a tragic sight.” -A funny and likable main character “It was not a terribly good stab. Millers' daughters do not traditionally spend a great deal of time engaged in single combat.” -Crazy wise wives “What’s going to happen?” asked Rhea. “I was a witch, not a fortune teller,” said Maria testily. [...]

    18. The Seventh Bride is about a miller's daughter who is chosen to be the wife of a noble for no earthly known reason, because she's not exactly gorgeous and he's never even really met her before. It's all very strangeuntil she realizes he's an evil wizard, and meets the menagerie at his castle. This, though it starts off reading as YA, is DEFINITELY NOT YA. Funny and poignant and altogether a light read, thoroughly enjoyed.

    19. Wonderful fairytale!I so enjoyed Rhea, the intelligent, likeable, practical and competent heroine! Also her hedgehog and her witch friend. This story showed a great deal of creativity and I hope one day T. Kingfisher's alter ego does a graphic novel version.This is my second Kingfisher book, and believe me, it will not be my last.Recommended.Now I'm off to reread Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. One Bluebeard read calls for another. ;-)

    20. This was so darkly creeping and intriguing. Magic, a terrifying villain and a loveable protagonist. I'm not sure what age this is aimed at - it can be quite simple, but also seems a bit scary for MG age. Maybe it's like Coraline, that scares adults more than it does kids? Either way, I enjoyed it.

    21. I've really won this month on cute sidekick creatures, and the hedgehog in this one is a keeper :)“She was still going somewhere terrible, but she had a hedgehog, damnit. ”

    22. "Roses have thorns", she said. "That's the price of roses. When you start to forget that, that's when things go wrong."I liked the beginning of the books better than I liked its ending. I found the main character, Rhea, an original one. Finally a 15 year old that's not silly, whiney, dumb and that doesn't drool over the bad guy. The story was creepy and gripping until the very end. The ending felt rushed though, and it didn't deepen the personality of any of the main characters enough. The villa [...]

    23. Well, that was fucking fantastic. Fabulous storytelling. Clever. I was listening to the audiobook and kept giving out little huffs of laughter and "mmmmm"s at really excellent lines. There were frequent moments where I wished I could bookmark it for future reviewing, and I never do that. The Seventh Bride felt a little like Terry Pratchett in that Rhea is a terribly pragmatic heroine, there's many funny moments, and it's an unexpectedly horrific (and human) little book. I'm surprised to see so m [...]

    24. Recently, I read another novella by this writer, Bryony and Roses, and loved it. My 4.5-star review is here. I didn’t like this story, The Seventh Bride, as much – it was darker, teetering on the edge between fantasy, fairy tale, and horror, but it was a good read all the same.The protagonist, fifteen-year-old Rhea, is a miller’s daughter. She is sensible, capable, and kind. When Lord Craven proposes to marry her, she is sure something is wrong. Lords don’t marry millers’ daughters, bu [...]

    25. Charmingly written, with some genuinely creepy moments, but ultimately a little too straightforward for my taste. I kept waiting for a twist, a turn, a revelation--but nothing came. And it's not just that the plot is linear: the characters are static, exiting the book exactly as they began.T. Kingfisher has an amazing eye for detail and writes the sort of practical protagonists I love, and I'm confident that one day she (under whatever pen name she's using) will write a book that I unreservedly [...]

    26. I had a very difficult time getting into this one, and it was another case where the last few chapters were a lot more interesting than the whole set of firsts. I know that the idea was to make this a creepy and slightly dark story, but none of the things 'assigned' to be creepy or dark were remotely so. At least, not for me. And I love the tale of Bluebeard, so it was a shame to read a re-telling so lacking in character dimension.Still hoping to come across a better one in the future.

    27. **I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**Rhea, a fifteen year old miller's daughter, gets a very unexpected proposal from Lord Crevan, a man she's never even met before. She doesn't want to marry him, but she doesn't really have a choice, you can't just turn down lords, unless you want to face the consequences.So poor Rhea ends up engaged to Lord Crevan, and gets invited to his house before the wedding. There she meets a few other women [...]

    28. wordnerdy/2015/02T. Kingfisher is a pen name of local author Ursula Vernon--I guess she writes more adult-oriented fairy tale fare under this name. This book was excellent, a dark, creepy, funny fairy tale sort of story about a young girl, a miller's daughter, who is betrothed to a mysterious local noble very much against her will--but things are even weirder than she imagined. On the other hand, a super awesome hedgehog befriends her. I really enjoyed this and want to read like twenty more book [...]

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