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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Storm and Solace: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling by Robin Woods is not your typical retelling of a beloved fairytale. Created to protect the seas rather than destroy them, sisters Atla, Imth, and Saxa had a hard job, but it needed to be done. However, it was Saxa who went against their purpose and, instead of protecting, started to cause damage to the seas and those who travel on them. A broken heart is the hardest to cure, and Saxa believed there was no curing what she had lost. Cursed by her sisters and told to get her act together, Saxa was ready to give it all up until she met Brandr. This brave man gave up his freedom to protect his brother from the wrath of Imth and Atla. Now, he was destined to stay on this deserted island for all his days with only the cursed Saxa for a companion. As days pass and love blossoms, would Saxa and Brandr give love a chance?
Richly detailed and written with care, Storm and Solace is a fantastic novel. Aptly named and well-executed, the story was an absolute joy to read. I finished the book in one sitting, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I love mythology, and Norse mythology is my favorite. The fact that Robin Woods created the perfect mixture of Nordic mythology and a modern version of Beauty and The Beast was astonishing to me. Atla was just as majestic as you would expect, and Brandr was just as human as you need him to be. The chemistry between Saxa and Brandr was off the charts. From their first meeting, after Saxa was cursed, to the very final scene, everything was well-thought-out. I would highly recommend this novel!