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Catherine by Clarice Schwarz

 

Catherine felt she had not been given much; no proper family, no looks or skills to speak of, not even the age she needed to make her own decisions. She knew she should have been grateful when her marriage to a wealthy, if rather old, man had been arranged, but instead she ran away. Nothing could have prepared her for a chance meeting with the crown prince.

From the moment he came running after her, scarred face drawn with rage, she had been terrified of him. She had heard the stories of his victories in battle, caused by banned magic, and his short temper in person did not reassure her – neither did his explanation that she had somehow caused a disturbance in the age old spell he had illegally cast that was supposed to help him convince his father to allow him to remain heir to the throne.

She had caused the problem and, since he found the magic prevented him from harming her or getting rid of her, he did not give her a choice as to whether or not she would help him. In a children’s storybook working in close relationship to a prince who was magically bound to you would have been romantic or at least exciting, she thought. Reality was different.

Note: Catherine contains some graphic violence.


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Listed: Mar 13, 2012

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By Fiona Gregory, editor

Mar 20, 2012: This reads like the work of an amateur writer who has ideas and imagination but is just finding her feet. There are English mistakes, understandable since the story is translated from the author’s native Danish. I didn’t find the main idea behind the plot entirely convincing. I was impressed that the author resisted the temptation to have black & white characters, so common in traditional fairy tales. Even the abusive stepmother has a sympathetic background. Although I can’t rate this story as highly as others on this site, I want to encourage the author to keep writing and complete her tale. Teens who like fantastical romance in a period setting may well enjoy this story just the way it is.

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