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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bold, at times gory reimagining of "Rumpelstiltskin."

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Rumpelstiltskin Retelling

This is an interesting take on the story of Rumpelstiltskin. The book starts slow and picks up as it goes. There is a lot of mystery and the main character is trying to figure out all of it. She is a storyteller which seems to get her into trouble but her gift runs deeper than she realizes. There is violence, gore, and two characters have sex but it is not described. This is the first of a duology.

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This deliciously dark retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin" full of ghosts, curses, and gnarly creatures has a surprisingly tender love story at its center. Gilded is author Marissa Meyer's most immersive fairy tale world since she took Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White to the moon and back in her Lunar Chronicles series. Innocent villages butt up against a dangerous enchanted wood, and one town lives in the shadow of castle ruins that spew forth a terrible undead king and his merciless hunting party every full moon. The castle is full of secrets both because its inhabitants are ghosts and because its history is lost. As the story unfolds, this lost history becomes an even stranger curiosity, and perhaps the kind of knowledge that may save the main character's life.

The romance between Serilda and Gild weaves in like a glint of golden thread amidst the sinister stuff, and it's an ingenious turn away from the Brothers Grimm's "Rumpelstiltskin." What if the hunchbacked, warty, ancient magic dude that demanded the cruelest payment imaginable for his spinning services was actually a handsome, stand-up guy? What if he was someone lonely and lost and just as much a victim of the Erlking's cruelty as Serilda is? Can a trapped poltergeist and a storytelling miller's daughter make it work? The greedy Erlking has other ideas, and the dark twists at the end of Gilded will have readers clamoring for Book 2.

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