The second book in the Fairy Tale Novels series by Regina Doman, the sequel to The Shadow of the Bear. Blanche Brier is alone for the summer in New York City, separated from her boyfriend, Bear. But her summer job brings her a jealous enemy and unsuspected terror. She finds temporary shelter with seven friars, but it's not clear to Blanche how she can escape the evil that's stalking her...
"Snow White Returns " "Black as Night," the second in a series of fairytales retold by Regina Doman, though very different in tone and style from its predecessor, "The Shadow of the Bear," is a worthy sequel. It continues the story of Blanche, the elder of the two Brier sisters. It tells the story from both her and Bear's point of view, alternating back and forth, which I really appreciate. (Actually, I would have loved that for "The Shadow of the Bear". Even if R. D. went back and wrote that story again from Bear and Fish's point of view, I would totally buy that. Actually, that would be unbelievably wonderful!) The fairytale elements from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," the Grimm's fairytale that is being retold in this volume, are well integrated into the storyline. The story does get dark, as everything seems to be conspiring against Blanche, left alone to struggle against malevolent forces that seem determined to harm her. She... More > is also struggling to decide what her future holds for her and whether Bear is who she is meant to marry. This is a tale of courage and perseverance in the face of darkness and evil. Of faith and trust in the person you most care about. Of a love tried though extraordinary circumstances. But does courage triumph? Is that person worthy of such trust? Does true love find a way through the lies and deceit that has woven a web of shadow over Blanche Brier? If you know the fairytale, you might have a guess, but as to how it all works out in this new retelling of the classic, go ahead and read it to find out for yourself. I personally loved the Franciscan Friars in this book. They were so funny and reminded me of so many of the ones that I have actually met. Love the references to other works of prose and poetry, and the Unicorn Tapestries. Just a great read. And be glad that "Waking Rose" is now out to complete the Brier/Denniston story because waiting for each of these books was rough!< Less
"What a great book!" I had never heard of this book when I bought it, but as soon as I opened it up and began reading it I knew it was an instant classic and deserved to be "up there" on the shelf alongside the other popular classic novels. This book is the story of Snow White (my favorite princess when I was little) retold in a way that is beautifully Christian; charmingly true to the original fairy-tale; and sewn together in a way that leaves you absolutely spellbound. I recomend this book to everyone and anyone. It's amazing!
"Noteworthy Novel" Probably my favorite of the fairy tale novels (though they are all so spectacular its hard to decide) this book tells the story of Bear and Blanche, well-loved characters introduced in the first book, Shadow of the Bear. This book is packed with suspense from the very first page up until the very last. Still, author Regina Doman manages to knit humor and laughs throughout the book, (most memorable examples being the Franciscan friars.) Expect a tale of chilling mystery and breathtaking excitement, but also of faith, trust, and true love because this story has it all! ~Mae
"Beauty..." This book is all about beauty, suspense, hope, joy, inner searching, inner peace, facing trials bravely, waiting, knights, princesses, truth and…true love, it is a wonderful book! I have to say, I think it’s my favorite out of the series…but the other two follow soooo close behind it’s hard to say! I can relate with Blanche so well. I love this book and highly recommend it!
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