Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale
By Casey Bramble
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Lesbian
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Hush little baby don’t say a word
The Darkness hides in an ivory bird
But if that ivory bird can’t sing
That’s when the Witches’ Hammer swings.
-- Nursery rhyme
A year ago Sarah Petty could not dream of the life she now lived. In those days she was one of the downtrodden masses; an unremarkable body upon which the upper caste built their castles of gold. Luckier than most, she at least had her blacksmithing skills to keep a roof over her head, though she went hungry more often than not. All of that changed with one fatal decision.
She said yes.
Lady Raven Chandlish, a sorceress with a smile that lit up the night and enough magical power to level a city, asked Sarah to open a shop with her in a different duchy. After moving things felt like they were on a definite upswing. There was food in the cupboard, money in the bank, and someone she might be falling in love with. Sarah didn’t dare pinch herself just in case it was all a dream. Like all dreams, this sunlit world was a feeble defense against the encroaching darkness.
Buried deep within Raven’s soul was Malleus Maleficarum, an ancient demon that nearly destroyed the world twice before. Drawing on feelings stronger than the weapons she forged, Sarah learned to trust Raven could contain the demon. Malleus had other plans.
When enemies of the Chandlish family attacked, Malleus used a momentary distraction to take over Raven’s body. While hundreds of soldiers battled for the fate of cities, a terrified blacksmith battled for the fate of a world. With no hope of rescue, Sarah whispered into the leering face of madness, praying love would save her.
Casey Bramble is an author after my own heart. Windows: A Broken Fairy Tale is young adult fantasy with an exciting cast of characters. Bramble introduces us to a royal family that includes fiery witches, a dragon, a terrifying demon, and a cold stepmother. Plus, Sarah Petty, the blacksmith.
I think the way the author created a fantasy world that combines modern day and medieval times is wonderful. The setting and story line flow smoothly, and I found myself impatiently anticipating what would be revealed next.
One of the main characters, Raven White, is a young sorceress that hides the serious and dark parts of her life behind her wide smile and constant humor. The closer her business partner, Sarah Petty, comes to Raven, the more she begins to chip away at the truth. Their sweet love grows as they work together in a battle that attempts to take their lives.
I graduated from the University of North Alabama with degrees in English and Psychology. I live in Florence with my husband and five year old son. Our son suffers from Alport's Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the kidneys, so 10% of all book sales go towards kidney research. My two passions are football and reading. Although I've recently started reading more fiction, most of the time I read historical non-fiction, particularly Gaelic and English history. Which is why all my bios start out with how boring I am.