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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’s probably not going to be enough. From T. Kingfisher, author of “Toad Words & Other Stories,” and “Nine Goblins” comes a retold fairy-tale of white roads, darRhea 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’s probably not going to be enough. From T. Kingfisher, author of “Toad Words & Other Stories,” and “Nine Goblins” comes a retold fairy-tale of white roads, dark magic, and small mammals....

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Number of Pages : 183 Pages
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The Seventh Bride Reviews

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-03-12 03:15

    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 wives.EEP.THE SEVENTH BRIDE is an interesting twist of the original, and it is as fantastical as it is clever.I struggled a little bit in the beginning. I had just finished THE BLACK COMPANY (which is darrrrrrk), and this had the bubblegum sweetness of a middle grade story. The contrast by itself would have made it difficult to adjust, but I was also expecting a more mature story--it specifically says on the author's Goodreads page that T. Kingfisher is the persona she uses while writing for adults. BUT.It's hard enough to stomach a fifteen-year-old girl marrying a man her father's age--I don't care that once upon a time it was perfectly acceptable, now it's illegal and disgusting--but when said fifteen-year-old girl acts even younger than her numerical age . . . Ugh. Rhea had a showdown with a bullying, lunch-stealing swan that ended in excrement.*flares nostrils*But I stuck with it, and our girl showed surprising backbone and intelligence.Beyond that, the retelling was delightful. The world was vibrant with color, which only served to make the goings-on more creeptastic. I'm not going to say more than that, b/c the more you're free to discover for yourself, the better. THE SEVENTH BRIDE by T. Kingfisher is new spin on an old tale that makes it feel shiny and nearly brand new. Sandwich-stealing swans and hedgehog familiars keep things fun, even as the evil sorcerer makes you cringe, and, as always, hubris is a fatal flaw. I highly recommend this standalone to anyone who enjoys fairytales and their retellings.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-03-22 08:03

    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 death. You knew it'd happen eventually, but it wasn't something to dwell on.Of course Rhea lets her mind wander....he would sweep her off her feet and take her back to his castle, and she would never have to help dig an outhouse again.Lots of choices in those days.Rhea finds out his lordship has a touch of magic to him after the engagement. She still is not too sure about the marriage though. So much for prayer, then. What was the point if the saints wouldn't kick someone off a horse when you asked them nicely?Then the second part of the book starts. I LOVED the first part, then the second was just okay. So I'm factoring five stars for the first half and two for the last.I don't want to give the story away though, so I'll just say the story heads this way.I do end up recommending this cute little book. It has a great main character and there is no insta-lurving that is popular with young adult books now. You will be begging for a hedgehog though. I'm putting one of my Santa list. Because I've been good.Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.Carole's review of this fun book completely sold me on it. She always picks some great books so when I see her like one I pay attention.

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-03-14 02:53

    99c Kindle sale, 1/17/2017.Full review, first posted on 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 and unwillingly engaged to Lord Crevan, a nobleman whom she doesn’t even know. Her parents urged her to accept Lord Crevan’s offer: their family is having trouble making ends meet and Lord Crevan is a friend of the local marquis. And you don’t turn down lords. But Rhea, who keenly feels her lack of any extraordinary beauty or talents, can’t help but feel he has some hidden, ulterior motive. She’s even more uneasy when she finally meets the suave but much older Crevan.… she’d had a few daydreams about meeting a man who would kiss her hand, and it would be like a lightning bolt through both of them, and then he’d tell her that he was really a prince wandering the land in search of the maiden of his heart, and, now that he’d found her, he would sweep her off her feet and take her back to his castle, and she would never have to help dig an outhouse again.Rhea’s imagination tended to get a little fuzzy after the bit where they got back to the castle, but the bit about the outhouses was very clear.But this… this was nothing like those daydreams.Lord Crevan actually tells Rhea that he is a sorcerer, but she is still unable to see any viable way out of their engagement. So when he instructs her to come to his house in three days, she goes, via a mysterious and somehow menacing bone-white road that has suddenly appeared north of town. When Rhea, at her wit’s end, stops to cry, a small, unusually intelligent hedgehog suddenly appears to comfort her. The hedgehog ― which doesn’t speak but does have an unexpected aptitude for communicating with gestures ― ends up accompanying Rhea to Lord Crevan’s manor.And there Rhea meets Crevan’s wives: a silent woman with a terribly scarred throat, a woman with bandaged eyes, a fat woman who acts as their cook, and others. Something is terribly wrong in this household, and Rhea has only her wits and determination to see her through… and the helpful hedgehog.Kingfisher’s writing is vivid and witty, with frequent humor and delightfully whimsical details that remind me of my favorite Robin McKinley fantasies, such as a battle with a bullying, lunch-stealing swan and the gremlins that sneak into the mill; they’re fascinated by the millworks but sometimes get caught in the gears: If you ground one into flour on accident, the bread had a tendency to explode in the oven, or bleed when you cut into it, or turn into a flock of starlings that would tear around the cottage, shrieking, and then people came around and had words with the miller, and many of the words had only four letters and involved hand gestures.The humor and writing style is appealing but occasionally too modern for a folk tale-like novel with a medieval setting. Kingfisher’s characters sometimes use current words or phrases like “okay” and “wait ― what?” that briefly pulled me out of my immersion in the story.The Seventh Bride started out very strong. The tension builds well as Rhea navigates the treacherous challenges at Lord Crevan’s manor and discovers why he has chosen her as his latest bride. Rhea is a believable and appealing young heroine, extraordinary only for her courage and determination. She is described as having coppery skin and black hair, which suggests some unusual and welcome diversity for this type of novel.The climactic scenes were a bit underwhelming for me and the book’s grip on my attention faded somewhat toward the end. But overall The Seventh Bride is a very enjoyable read that tapped into my love of folk and fairy tale retellings. It’s refreshing that this is purely an adventure, with no romance. I recommend this particularly for readers who like young adult fairy tale novelizations.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-03-04 03:03

    3.5/5 stars!

  • Althea Ann
    2019-02-24 05:55

    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 the best tradition. It has elements of 'Mr. Fox' (, 'The Robber Bridegroom' and 'Bluebeard' - as well as other old tales - but it's very much its own thing.Our heroine, Rhea, is a wonderful mix of wise and wisecracking. She's tough and capable, but as a miller's daughter, she knows that she has no recourse when a Lord informs her family that he intends on marrying her. Lord Crevan, though somewhat enigmatic, is known to be a friend of her town's leader, and things could go very poorly indeed for both her and her family if she doesn't acquiesce. So when Crevan summons her to come alone to his manor, at night, although she knows it's 'not right' - she goes.When she arrives, Lord Crevan is not in residence - but there are other women there. She learns that she is not the first woman to be selected by Crevan - indeed, she is to be his seventh bride. Even this polygamy might be something Rhea would accept, for the sake of her family - but Crevan is also a sorcerer, and his schemes involving dark magic may involve worse fates than servitude - indeed, worse fates than death.Beautiful, eerie, humorous and entertaining - I was wholly won over by the story.Many thanks to Amazon and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinion is solely my own.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-02-27 02:18

    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 from others that this book is based on Bluebeard. I have to admit that I have never heard of Bluebeard and don't know that story at all (I know - I lead a sheltered life) so I will just have to take their word for it. I went into this book with no expectations other than the desire to be entertained and this book was incredibly entertaining. It really grabbed my attention early on and the more I read the more I was hooked. This is the story of Rhea who is the miller's daughter. She is only 15 years old but Lord Craven wants her as his bride. Rhea and her family aren't really sure why Lord Craven wants to marry Rhea but peasants don't say no to people like Lord Craven so they don't ask a lot of questions. When he gives her directions to his home and tells her when to come, she follows his directions as expected. She meets a helpful hedgehog along the way to his home that I immediately fell in love with. Once she arrives, Rhea is shocked to learn that Lord Craven already has other wives at his home and he is simply wanting to add her to his collection. This story had a magical quality to it. A hedgehog that communicates through gestures, bird golems, a floor that tends to fall at different times, and a strange cast of characters successful came together to make a rather delightful story. I really had no idea where this book would take me at any given time but I was always entertained during the journey. The tasks that Rhea must complete were interesting and really helped to show what Lord Craven was capable of doing. I liked Rhea a lot. She questions everything going on as much as she can and her internal dialog really added to the story. She accepts her fate but still makes an effort to change it if she can. Rhea knows who she is and when she is asked to do something that she feels is wrong, she quickly decides that some orders are not worth following regardless of the cost. The other wives were all very interesting and somewhat likable but I was never quite sure who Rhea should really trust. I felt as unsure about everything going on as Rhea did throughout most of the book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting fantasy read. This book should appeal to a wide audience including teens and adults. This is the first book by T. Kingfisher that I have read but I will be taking a look at her other works very soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Amazon Publishing - 47 North via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.Initial ThoughtsI really enjoyed this book and it has convinced me that I need a hedgehog.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-03-07 07:03

    “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 struggled maintaining consistent interest.There’s almost a YA feel since the protagonist is pretty young. Nothing risqué at all so this would be equally suitable for a YA novel. There were weird scenes such as Rhea fighting swans for her lunch (really, just odd), but there were clever and cool scenes like the riddles and the creepy statues. I loved the Hedgehog companion, the creepy ambience of hidden and betraying trails, and the gothic vibe of the house and how the women starting working together.The wives are fascinating. You have a devoted and religious zealot whose scarred throat silences her, a woman who has adopted the mothering role, a beautiful and naïve woman with bandaged eyes that don’t hide her hope. Then there’s the strange clock thing, and the strange statue thing. Interesting and imaginative stuff.The premise is strong, the writing done well, the characters haunting and suitable for the story type – but there feels like there is a lack of intensity when it comes to the parts that are supposed to be suspenseful or dramatic. The ending is satisfying but not thrilling, as is the case with a lot of the action scenes in The Seventh Bride. The story is a direct retelling of a fairy tale and doesn’t deviate from that part to take in parts of other genres (no romance element anyway, for example), but it does throw in some humor at odd times. Humor felt a little modern age and not wholly historical, but not a big deal. “She was still going somewhere terrible, but she had a hedgehog, dammit.” Sometimes I did get confused with the quirkiness and time and clocks, but my mind is weird so I’m not holding that against the story, but it did sink my interest some.Despite my interest fading out some by the end, it was still a unique book with some dark tones blending with YA Fantasy and Fairy Tale Retelling.And Last – Cover Love!

  • Eilonwy
    2019-03-09 23:51

    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.

  • Kristie
    2019-02-20 00:01

    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 by a lord. She cannot figure out why he would want to marry her. She is young, average looking, and not of his status. Oh, and she has never met him... I don't want to say too much as to not give away the story, but she ends up with a hedgehog and he is awesome. Rhea is a great character. There are several other character's in the book. Some of them you have figured out from the start and some of them make you question their motives.I really liked where this story went. It is YA and some parts are predictable, but it kept me engaged. 4.5✮Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kira Simion
    2019-03-12 06:01

    A magic hedgehog? That's new...A 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 who is twice, if not more, her age. They don't offer to walk with her or anything. That rubbed me the wrong way because it seemed a little unrealistic. If they want her to marry a noble, wouldn't they want her to get to his house in one piece in the first place?•While I could tell which character was which, they never seemed very/ or fully fleshed out to me.I enjoyed reading this book overall though. It was interesting all the way though.

  • Susana
    2019-03-09 01:14

    Another day, another retelling. This one vaguely based on the Bluebeard tale...It 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 directed at an older crowd.There's scenes in this that could make it a home in a horror tale.However despite praising the story's worth, I just couldn't connect with the characters.Yes, at first glance everything seems to be there: the main characters are a group of very different women. Yes, they form a friendship of a kind to escape their captor, but, I don't know... I guess they felt very one dimensional.The focus of the tale, it is on the story, and as such, I was left feeling as if any character could represent the roles that needed to be played.The characters are not that memorable.On the positive side, I liked how there wasn't any stupid new adult vibe of "oh, let's try to romanticize to bastard who has all of us captives". -____________-Unfortunately it bears saying, since there appears to be a current trend to brainwash girls/woman's brains into seeing abusive jackasses as romantic types.Bottom line, it was a good story, but if I had to chose between this one and T. Kingfisher's other book that I've recently read, I would still go with "Bryony and Roses".

  • ScottHitchcock
    2019-02-19 07:03

    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.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-22 23:54

    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 — but darker, really, because instead of death, the antagonist steals things of worth from the women he marries — their voices, their eyes, their ability to die — and leaves them alive. I found the tone somewhat at odds with the perceived historical/mythological time it was set in; the protagonist was too modern in thought and sensibility in some ways, it seemed. But overall, I found it very enjoyable, and I loved the way it treated the other characters. The other wives, for example, are each different, some very strange, and each of them copes with what has happened to them in a different way. As people do.And, just to reiterate: hedgehog!Originally posted here.

  • TheBookSmugglers
    2019-03-03 01:04

    This was kind of amazing.

  • Kagama-the Literaturevixen
    2019-03-04 03:09

    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 married someday,someday she envisioned as not now but later.Much later. And not to a man old enough to be her father,and who gives her the creepsHer parents and Lord Crevans say she has a choice to refuse but truth is she really hasnt. Not that her parents are wicked but they love her and wants whats best for her and she knows if she would refuse to marry ,Lord Crevan might go to his friend the Viscount and make them lose the mill and their livelihood.But she is amazed that they cant tell that this is wrong and that there is something wrong with Lord Crevan. He asks her to come to his home in the forest ,oh and if she could come at night that would be great.Rhea firmly convinced now that things arent as they ought but remembering that refusing could make things worse for her family,trudges on. When she decides to have a good cry a hedgehog appears with a leaf for her to dry her eyes with.Its a bit odd to be sure but the hedgehog seems to want to come with her so she tucks it into her pocket.When she arrives at Lord Crevans home she learns that he is not at home but more importantly that he has more than one wife.“I’m sorry,” said Rhea carefully, “but I think I must have misheard you.” The cook’s eyes danced with a kind of jovial malice. “No, you didn’t. Wives. Wives, wives, wives. As in married. As in more than one. As in me, and Sylvie, and Ingeth, and the clock-wife and the golem-wife and the Lady Elegans, who is lying out in the graveyard.”Once Lord Crevan arrives home he tells her if she can complete some tasks for him Rhea will be free of the betrothal but if she fails at these she will have to marry him.Rhea accepts.The inspiration for this clearly comes from the tale of Bluebeard but instead of a Prince saving the day there is just RheaI loved this book and its main character Rhea ,she is a very sensible person and someone I think a lot of Girls could identify with.Not just Girls eitherSomething I also noticed was that while we learn that Rheas hair and skin are dark and that her face is "not bad" and isnt that what girls ought to think of themselves that they are fine just as we are?as well as some adult ones. Because while the Writing is humorous it also gets darker and darker as the book goes on.A big part of what makes this so dark is our villain Lord Crevan who we dont find out a whole lot about him and what we do find out is through the smidgeon of information that Rhea leanrs.But I know this.HES SCUMThe things he did was so evil and nasty.I could only nod grimly when Rhea made a comparision between him and Swans.He was wearing white again. He looked clean and elegant, and Rhea was reminded again of the swan from the millrace. Very noble, very beautiful, and vicious down to the bone.Before I end this review I just have this to say.1)I loved the hedgehog2)I would love to read another adventure with Rhea and the hedgehog.

  • Emily
    2019-03-07 02:08

    I LOVED this. I remember finding it on a Goodreads 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 here is Bluebeard, though there's a creepier twist to the story. Instead of simply taking his wives' lives (so banal), Lord Crevan takes a unique attribute from each wife and leaves them alive--but trapped on his estate. Rhea is the seventh wife, brought to Crevan's estate against her will and trapped there as he gives her tasks to complete. The real success of the story is how Kingfisher is able to juxtapose quotes like this one:She could afford to be annoyed by this, because she was very nearly sure that Lord Crevan would not kill her before he married her. He seemed very interested in marriage.with wholly terrifying descriptions of what has happened to some of the wives, the creepiest being (view spoiler)[the golem wife (hide spoiler)]. I also thoroughly enjoyed the clock-wife. (view spoiler)[The description of the inside of the clock, and the whole idea of her inside the clock, really, was so original and interesting that I didn't even mind the missed revenge at the ending. And the moment where Rhea finds out that part of Sylvie is trapped inside the clock is a neat gut punch: you doubt Maria (hide spoiler)], and then you're on the edge of your seat for the rest of the book.Anyway, this is a highly original retelling - and I've read a lot of retellings - with a sharp narrative voice. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre.

  • Enchantressdebbicat ☮
    2019-02-26 03:01

    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 ulterior motives. What?"At the moment, the second one was the only thing she could focus on. Marriage was so far from her thoughts that it was like some far-off country, possibly with elephants." (possibly with elephants...heh)The story quickly moves forward after she is engaged, and we meet many creative and imaginative characters. It is whimsical, funny, and dark with good and bad magic mixed in. There are some garish parts so not recommended for sensitive readers. I loved Rhea's sense of humor and her ability to rely on her wit and reasoning to get through the ordeal her future husband has planned for her. She is smart and in the moment. She has compassion for all beings which I find such an admirable quality. I think this would make a fantastic movie. I highly recommend this story. I find it a great escape.

  • Luucy
    2019-02-23 04:52

    **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 what it was :/ But the rest of it was amazing so not big deal :PFuul review: :D

  • Tokio Myers
    2019-03-17 02:20

    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. “No one knows what’s going to happen.”-A messed up bad guy“But he's mad, completely mad, and he turns his wives into golems. He needs killing, not negotiation.” -And pink horses oh and aKICKASS HEDGEHOG Enough said

  • Amanda
    2019-03-03 01:55

    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 strange..until 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.

  • MB (What she read)
    2019-03-10 05:00

    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. ;-)

  • Lauren James
    2019-02-25 05:19

    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.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-02 06:12

    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. ”

  • Annamaria
    2019-02-24 00:56

    "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 villain should have been a greater character than the one that was shown to us. He had to be interesting and capable of scare the reader a little. Lord Crevan did none of these things. I loved the female friendship, how the girls put their efforts together in order to free themselves but the backstories of Maria, Ingreth and Sylvie were too mysterious to make me sympathize with them at all. The Clock wife then was the greatest mystery of them all, who's she? Where does she come from? What was the whole clock thing about? I think the author should have taken some more time to describe her characters better and to make me care for them, at least a little bit more. Still I loved her writing style. Here are few of my favourite quotes from the book:"So much for prayer, then. What was the point if the saints wouldn't kick someone off a horse when you asked them nicely?""Because of course, it wasn't really a choice, was it? It was like when the viscount's rent collector came around twice a year and said, "Have you got twenty silver dirhams then?" It wasn't really a question. It meant "You'd better have the money" or a really good explanation, like a live badger currently sitting on the strongbox.""Her mother also believed that tea was the cure for all problems - or ar least, most problems would not get any worse in the time it took to boil water, and you'd feel a little better off with a cup of tea in you.""Maybe if you've spent a week in a fairy mound, it is incredibly obvious that all pigs need trousers.""My mother raised me not to push people down wells," said Rhea. "It is surprisingly easy, if you don't get into the habit of it.""The dress has come." Rhea pressed her forhead to her knees and gave a single sob of laughter. A dress! Oh, Lady of Stones! "I know," said Maria. "I'll cut it up. I'll throw it down the well. I'll let the hedgehog have it." "And then you'll put him on his guard," said Maria, "and if all goes ill, you'll risk getting married in an old apron.""The world went bonnnggg."I kindly received this book from its publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Claire
    2019-03-15 06:16

    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 many lukewarm reviews, and also to see so many folks characterizing it as a middle grade novel - as for the latter, it's definitely not imo, and for the former, I found it novel and unsettling and unexpectedly misandrist* and subversive and smart as heck. What I especially loved: the relationships between the wives. Rhea's observant pragmatism and consequent decision-making...Rhea in general, really. The moments of humor, usually humor based in common sense. The horrific moments, big ones and small ones, and how they mattered. The utter lack of romance (and I'm a romance reader - but Bluebeard is not a story that should have romance in it). Rhea's ultimate agency at every turn despite and within oppressive systems of class, power, and gender. Audiobooks are not always for me. But there are some stories that work outstandingly well in audio because of the sheer level of attention you want to pay to the tiny details and moments you might otherwise pass on the page. This was definitely that kind of story. *Wonderfully so. Really. A perfect book for rage-filled ladies.

  • Olga Godim
    2019-03-17 01:56

    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, but the times are lean, her father’s mill is in debt, and Rhea knows she can’t refuse. No peasant can refuse a lord without dire consequences. The story is a loose retelling (very loose) of the fairy tale Bluebeard. Rhea’s adventures in Lord Craven’s manor are eerie, almost haunting. She doesn’t get in trouble because of her curiosity, like the Bluebeard heroine does. No, Rhea’s problems are deeper, residing in the lord himself. He is an evil sorcerer, and to defeat him, Rhea needs all her courage and wit and kindness. And the help of her friends.One of her most charming friends is her familiar, a hedgehog – the source of most humor in this tale. How often do you read about brave and clever hedgehogs with a tendency to mock stupid behavior? This one was my first, and I enjoyed every page with the hedgehog in it. The other pages too. All in all, a very good book.

  • ambyr
    2019-02-25 02:21

    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 adore. But it's not this one.

  • Ari
    2019-03-17 00:59

    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.

  • Carla
    2019-02-20 01:59

    **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 who live at the place, and she soon finds out that they're all Crevan's wives...This is loosely based on Bluebeard. I was already familiar with that story and I actually kinda like it. Even so, this book is very original and the writing is incredibly good.There's a lot of magic and some of the weirdest stuff going on (like potatoes coming out of the ground and finding a corner to sulk in). Humans and animals can also communicate with each other. Which brings us to this story's true hero... the little hedgehog.This guy is just precious. PRECIOUS. It was always helping Rhea and made the story so much better. And I loved how it always put its paws up to be picked up by her.At some point, there's even a whole army of little hedgehogs!Rhea's also amazing, mind you. The little hedgehog just stole my heart. But yeah, Rhea's actually very smart and mature. Usually, in creepy/scary stories like this, you just want to smack the main character on the head all the time, but she made very good choices and never behaved like some silly young girl. She knew this was serious business.To be able to buy some time before they got married, Rhead had different tasks to complete every night before dawn. But Crevan liked to make things interesting and more difficult for her...That man is the worst. He's never even at the house, but he keeps his wives there. They all have to obey him and never make him mad or go against his wishes, and he basically marries whoever he pleases, just so he can hurt them later... where it really hurts. He also likes taking what is not his.Seriously, what does he think women are?? Fucking slaves?? He made me freaking mad, man.Definitely a really good villain. Especially if you have to marry him and the only enemy you've had is a crazy swan.So, like I mentioned before, the writing is really good, and I loved Rhea's way of thinking, so I thought I'd share some quotes with you :)"Marriage was like death. You knew it'd happen eventually, but it wasn't something to dwell on" "Rhea had learned everything she knew about hate from her encounters with this swan" " 'Last chance', she told the swan. 'Last chance to call it quits, bird' " "He smiled. 'Supposed you had something that you did not need, Miss Rhea.' Like a husband? she thought grimly" "It always works with monsters. They can't get you under the blankets"I do recommend this to anyone who's looking for an original story to read... especially if you like them to be a little creepy.More reviews on my blog: Lipstick and Mocha

  • Alicia
    2019-03-04 00:54 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 books where she hangs out with that hedgehog. A-.