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Encircled is an anthology of fairytales that features authors Laurie Lucking, Tori V. Rainn, J.M. Hackman, S.E. Clancy, E.J. Kitchens, and Jebraun Clifford. Each story is a delightful retelling of a fairytale with each author placing a fresh spin and perspective on classic stories. Melia breaks all the rules in Edged in Silver when she ventures into the dangerous and mysterious forest where she meets a handsome prince and discovers that her parents may have been right about the forest all along. A Heart's Desire finds Desiree's life flipped upside down when a prince's engagement ends with a curse and she's mistaken for the witch that did it. Darianna has found a one-way ticket into the good graces of the royal family in The Songbird's Citadel, but her good fortune takes a turn when the kingdom falls under threat and she's the only one that can save them. A Spell's End takes you into the nineteenth century where Marie makes a shocking discovery about the nutcracker her godfather gave her and journeys into another realm to defeat a dangerous king. The Last Mrs. Bluebeard spins the classic Bluebeard tale when Robin decides to marry the handsome Wilhelm who promises to be a good husband and give her a good life, only for her to discover he's keeping a horrifying secret. Beyond the Stars, Past the Moon takes you into outer space with Astrid's adventure to a moon base where she discovers the charming resident there has a secret and a curse that only she can help him break.
Each one revives the love of fairytales through several unique stories that retell classics such as Snow White, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Each fairytale captures the tone and style of these classic tales with an array of dazzling heroines and with each having a more modern voice. Edged in Silver delivers a refreshing take on Snow White with a dryad twist that captures the same elements loved in the classic fairytale. A Heart's Desire pays homage to Beauty and the Beast, hitting all the right notes that make the story unforgettable with fresh twists. The Songbird's Citadel is a tale that is magical, thrilling, and captivating with J.M. Hackman leaving you wanting more. A Spell's End will be a quick favorite for all those that love a good winter tale and those that can't get enough of The Nutcracker. Beyond the Stars, Past the Moon is a delightful mashup of science fiction and fairytale which blends space travel with a magical curse and creates something truly original. Those that love fairytales will fall in love with this anthology as Encircled captures the magical, romantic, and captivating elements of classic fairytales in each of these retellings that will introduce you to brazen heroines, magical curses, and charming princes.