Date: 2017-03-20 08:32 am (UTC)
Have you read any of Juliet Marillier's work? I don't know how well it holds up because I read it a long time ago, but I very much enjoyed her retelling of the Seven Swans.

Had you read the full Hans Christian Andersen version of the Swans tale before, by the way? I hadn't, before this exchange! All the weird worldbuilding bits stuffed in around the edge surprised me, and I was charmed by the lush descriptions of royal childhoods & fantasy landscapes. In contrast, it treats Elisa's stolen children really abruptly, giving no space in the narrative for her to miss or mourn them, or to imagine how they grow up away from her.

This is so interesting. I like the sub theme of flower/plant magic that runs through the Andersen version - the poppies, the nettles, the mysterious white flower at the end. Thanks for your lovely thoughts! Hope that you are doing well.
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