Darkness can only be controlled by those with the darkest of hearts.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. Now, sixteen, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her vicious daughters.
When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her eventual freedom.
Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother’s and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting with Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival where she might see him once more.
But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince again? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she’s ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother? And what if she actually liked watching her stepmother suffer?
As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, it becomes harder to tell whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
CINDERELLA NECROMANCER is CINDER meets ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany
I haven’t read too many Cinderella retellings so I was rather excited when I was invited to read this one through Chapter by Chapter blog tours. However, I still wasn’t fully certain on what I was going to be getting into. This review contains some spoilers.
I enjoyed this version of Cinderella and that she was rather spunky so to speak. Her relationship with her brother was explored quite well and you could feel how much she cared for him. Essentially most of the spells she performed were to indirectly help her brother due to the threats of her stepsisters and his illness – something that was like her mother’s.
I liked that she had actually met the prince on a few occasions before the ball we’re all familiar with in the original tales (I actually just found out that there is a French and German version). In this version, there is no fairy godmother to grant her wishes – just the book of spells.
I knew that William – the prince – had some bigger part in the story with how much he snuck around and the medallion he always wore. I hadn’t expected the king to be apart of that and we didn’t hear much about the queen.
I despised Victoria and Charlotte – the stepsisters – and Celia – the stepmother. It was obvious at the beginning that something wasn’t right with Celia but it hadn’t been revealed that the sisters weren’t quite right until after the second day of the ball. I was actually pretty horrified and then confused after I read about them. Honestly, I’m still not sure as to what kind of demonic force they were.
Overall, I really enjoyed Boughan’s version of Cinderella. It’s probably one that would give me nightmares if it was ever brought to life – animation or live action – as a movie or television show. I’d still watch it either way.
About the author:
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.