Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The Beholder by Anna Bright
Once Selah got to England I was reading this book with a search engine open right alongside. Why? Because of all the storytelling elements included in this original story. I started out thinking this was going to be a Cinderella-based story when Selah lost one of her shoes. Then I was sure it was Snow White with the evil stepmother. Eventually I worked out that it is all of them, and more. I was already delighted with the Easter eggs of Perrault and Homer and Andersen but once it came to me that we were dealing with the King Arthur story, I was looking up every new person and event to confirm my suspicions. And then we moved on to Norse mythology! I can see some of the flaws in the book - too long for most teens, Selah falls in love too easily, I don't like how her crew is keeping secrets from her - but I was still just enjoying the ride. If you are not as familiar with mythology and folklore it might not be as much fun for you but I think it's still a good adventure/romance.