Looking for classic stories with a fresh twist? Try these thrilling retellings.
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The untold story of Snow White’s Wicked Queen
Fairest of All: A Villains Graphic Novel by Serena Valentino Illustrated by Fiona Marchbank
Disney’s New York Times best-selling Villains series comes to life in this graphic novel adaptation of the book that started it all in this tragic tale of love and loss, the untold story of Snow White’s Wicked Queen.
What caused the Queen to become so, well, wicked? Perhaps the Queen hated her stepdaughter for her resemblance to the King’s first wife. Perhaps she resented the girl for her beauty. Could the Queen simply have been born that cruel? Or does it have to do with a mysterious mirror, gifted to her upon her wedding and swirling with dark magic?
Available in Hardcover and Trade Paperback Editions.
Thief Liar Lady: A Novel by D. L. Soria
“Happily Ever After” is a total scam, but at least this time, the princess is the one controlling the grift—until her true love arrives and threatens to ruin the whole scheme. Intrigue, magic, and wit abound in this Cinderella fairytale reimagining, perfect for fans of Heather Walter and Naomi Novik.
“A fairy tale with a delightful con-artist twist, Thief Liar Lady is Cinderella as you’ve never seen her before—sly, subversive, and not at all demure.”—Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of Damsel
“Thief Liar Lady is a dazzlingly magical, thrilling, and inventive take on a beloved classic. You’ve never seen Cinderella like this before—and you won’t be able to look away.”—Lana Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Payback’s a Witch
Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Women Take Center Stage in This Tale of Troy
Horses of Fire: A Novel of Troy by A. D. Rhine
Behind the timeless tale you know is the captivating story you never heard: a sweeping epic in which Troy’s strong, yet misunderstood women take center stage in the most famous war in history.
“One of those singular books that pull readers into a completely immersive world with a dazzling story and characters so deftly drawn that you can’t help but ache for them.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author
“In this radiant retelling of the Trojan War, three women set the battleground ablaze with intrigue and brilliance…A sprawling, breathtaking saga for fans of Greek mythology and heroines who remain fearless against all odds.”—Booklist
Available on July 18th in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Viking Age History and Myth
The Weaver and the Witch Queen: A Novel by Genevieve Gornichec
The lives of two women—one desperate only to save her missing sister, the other a witch destined to become queen of Norway—intertwine in this spellbinding, powerful novel of Viking Age history and myth from the acclaimed author of The Witch’s Heart.
“An epic novel about magic, sisterhood, and the bonds that can both bind and break us. This story stayed with me long after I finished reading.”
–Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching
“An epic retelling of Viking age history and myth…Gornichec carefully weaves multiple storylines full of political upheaval, romance, and self-discovery…fans of Circe and The Book of Gothel will be especially enchanted.” –Publishers Weekly
Available on July 25th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
A Feminist Reimagining
Jezebel: A Novel by Megan Barnard
With a bold voice reminiscent of Madeline Miller’s Circe, a stunning reimagining of the story of a fierce princess from Tyre and her infamous legacy
“Rich with historical detail and a fresh and convincing perspective…Like so many strong women, Jezebel is loved, feared, and hated, especially by the men she rules. Megan Barnard’s Jezebel is also strong, determined, and resourceful…historical fiction at its finest.” – Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
Available on July 25th in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
A New Act for Our Star-Crossed Lovers
The Hundred Loves of Juliet: A Novel by Evelyn Skye
A woman discovers that she is part of a legendary love story that spans lives, years, and continents in this modern-day reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.
“A rare and charming retelling that asks the question: What if Romeo and Juliet had another chance? What if they had a hundred? The Hundred Loves of Juliet is a celebration of life as it comes and love as we find it.”—Ashley Poston, New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics
Available on August 1st in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
The Oft Forgotten Gorgons
Medusa’s Sisters: A Novel by Lauren J. A. Bear
A vivid and moving reimagining of the myth of Medusa and the sisters who loved her.
“Bold, beautiful, and brilliantly subversive, Bear’s incredible debut is engrossing from the very first page. With her ambitious storytelling, Bear breathes life to characters often reduced to the shadows, and has proven herself as a talent to watch!”—Claire M. Andrews, author of the Daughter of Sparta trilogy
“Alive with soaring poetry and myth, Medusa’s Sisters sparkles as a delightfully feminist subversion of the maligned and forgotten Gorgon women, reframing and bringing their shadowy legend fiercely, vengefully, into the light. A bold and beautiful tale about sisterhood, motherhood, and what it truly means to be a woman.”—Olesya Salnikova Gilmore, author of The Witch and the Tsar
Available August 8th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.