Bryony and Roses
Written by T. Kingfisher ⎮ Narrated by Justine Eyre
Author: T. Kingfisher
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Released: Oct. 13, 2015
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Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world. Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city. But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally? And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard? Armed only with gardening shears and her wits, Bryony must untangle the secrets of the house before she - or the Beast - are swallowed by them.
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Bryony and Roses was a wonderful retelling of the Beauty & the Beast fairy tale. It's a little dark, has a good amount of snark, and our main character, Bryony, has her own mind about things, including being a captive in a magical castle with a man turned talking beast. The story starts off cursing rutabagas, and I knew instantly that I would love Bryony. I know exactly what she means by going the distance for good rutabagas, and that quest has left her and her 'mighty steed' Stumblefoot in a bad snowstorm, lost and freezing. Of course, that's when they find the enchanted castle and then the real trouble begins for Bryony.
Justine Eyre gave a clever and steady performance in Bryony and Roses, just as Bryony was clever and steady. I loved her voices for all 3 sisters (though Iris doesn't talk often). They sounded related but distinct. I loved the snark and Eyre brought that to life. Her masculine voice for Beast was well done and I loved her evil, wicked voice for what lies at the heart of the enchantment. 5/5 stars.