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9.19.2015

Bearskin ~ Review with Giveaway

Bearskin
By Jamie Robyn Wood

He has NOTHING left to lose,
                                             she has EVERYTHING...

The Queen has a demand of her only son.  Heppson must kill his older brother Conrad.  It is the only way that Heppson will become king, securing his mother's place of power beyond the death of his father. 

But the bond between these brothers was something the Queen had not anticipated, nor had she anticipated her daughter's desire to aid both her brother and step-brother.  But the Queen's power was strong and her skills as an evil enchantress, a witch, allowed her to enact one last curse at her death. Her daughter Moiria took on the role her mother had played and Conrad was left to wander the lands with no memory of who he is.  And Heppson takes on the role of a long forgotten being The Bear thanks to a mischievous troublesome individual known as the Trickster.

Living within the far off forested region of the kingdom are two sisters, who like Conrad and Heppson, have a special bond - one forged by the death of the mother years ago.  Lark and Heart live with their Granny until a stranger comes to their home.  This encounter is about to forever alter their lives, leaving each young woman in a unique situation.

As these two stories combine we are whisked away to a world where every decision is of utmost importance.  Good and evil are fighting for the heart of a kingdom while the path of true love may be the answer to what each person seeks.  The unique bonds between brothers and sisters are explored as are the sacrifices one is willing to make for family and love.

This book is based upon the Bearskin fairy tale, which I had never heard of before.  But upon examination of this fairy tale, I truly believe this is the superior telling.  A truly beautiful story that, being told from the viewpoint of several of the main characters, has a depth in both development and feeling.

Fans of clean YA and fairy tale retellings will delight in this newest addition to their bookshelf. Appropriate for ages 12 and up (and younger readers if they are at an advanced reading level). Get ready for a book you won't want to put down.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through Cedar Forts blog tour program in exchange for my honest review.

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About the book:
When Conrad, Moiria, and Heppson’s evil enchantress mother tries to convince them to follow her dark ways, they must each decide where the line lies between good and evil, magic and mythology. Based on a lesser-known fairy tale, this young adult book features an impossible romance, an intricate plot, and twists you won’t see coming.
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About the author:
Jamie Robyn Wood is a full-time wife and mother and a part-time fantasy writer and essayist. Jamie never imagined the wind could blow so hard and so cold until she moved to the Midwest. Now she prefers to hunker inside the house with a cup of hot chocolate and a story to write. Bearskin is her first novel. She, her husband, their five children, and their “pet” squirrels currently reside in Coralville, Iowa.