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Queen Mab (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Kate Danley

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McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year

WINNER - 1st Place Fantasy Book, Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards

Before Romeo & Juliet, there was... Queen Mab.

When Faunus, the god of daydreams, breaks the heart of Queen Mab, revenge can be the only answer. Using the most powerful families in Verona, they wage their war against one another, and place their final bets upon the heads of two youths, one named Romeo and the other named Juliet.

But when Queen Mab falls in love with a gentleman named Mercutio, everything changes and she will do anything, even if it means destroying the world, to save him. Will it be enough to stop the tragedy? Or only spur it forward to its terrible end?

Weaving Shakespeare's original text into a dark, epic fantasy, fans of The Woodcutter will love this latest retelling by USA TODAY bestselling author Kate Danley. Experience the romance of Romeo & Juliet from a different point of view - through the eyes of the bringer of dreams... Queen Mab.

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  • Langue : Anglais
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12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 you don't have to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy it 16 octobre 2013
Par Mia - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I have to admit, I like Shakespeare but I just *like* him. I have never read his works outside of school and I don't go to the Bard's plays. However, being a fan of Danley's previous books I decided to give this one a try as well and I am so glad that I did! While the prose is a bit more elegant and in line with the FEEL of Shakespeare's work, it doesn't try to replicate it -- to me this is a big plus. It's entirely readable - and enjoyable! - for someone who prefers just simpler writing styles. SO! If you saw "Shakespeare" or "Romeo and Juliet" and were scared, FEAR NOT! :)

The story itself is lovely. This book is a beautifully crafted story, inspired by the Queen Mab soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet. Queen Mab is the bringer of dreams and watches over the fair city of Verona every evening. A contest with Faunus, the bringer of daydreams, engages Queen Mab into a fight over the citizens of Verona and the houses of Capulet and Montague, which brings the reader into the familiar world we know from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Full of beautiful imagery and extremely creative insight, we get to see what happens before the fateful meeting of R&J and how these "star crossed lovers" were overseen by two demi-gods who guided their eventual outcome over the course of hundreds of years.

If you liked Danley's "The Woodcutter" then you will love Queen Mab. It is full of the same unique interpretations of existing lore and extremely well-written that even I as a non-fan of Shakespeare went off to buy Romeo & Juliet immediately afterward, just to continue the tone set by this book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting but some missed opportunities 7 mars 2015
Par Archetype - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Kate Danley creates an interesting twist on _Romeo and Juliet_ that offers light reading for those who enjoy Shakespeare, Fairytales, and interesting retellings. The premise is that the Queen of night dreams and a satyr end up in a dispute and the mortals of Verona end up their pawns in a game of revenge and power-grabbing. The characters of Shakespeare's play are less pawns of fate as much as they are collateral damage in this otherworld dispute.

Queen Mab is well drawn as a character, although not as sympathetic as she should be — in part because her motivations are a bit murky and because in the end it seemed her success was somewhat unintentional or due to her rivals own missteps. I've always love Mercutio in the play, and here, he was perhaps the most likable character. The rest, for the most part were not taken much, if at all, beyond the original and it was one of the things I think Danley could have done more with.

Another flaw was that she chose to, almost exclusively, use Shakespeare's language directly, showing us only what was in the play. While reminding the reader of the plot of _Romeo and Juliet_ is fine, she could have varied technique. I think she missed an opportunity to play more with the language (there were a few good instances of her own witty use of language) and to have delved into what we did not see. So much was focused on Mab and Faunus and their limited interactions with the other characters - mostly to manipulation - that she missed the chance to build a richer cast of characters that went beyond the play's text.

The richness of the concept doesn't even quite fulfill its promise and I found the ending too neat and found myself wondering why Danley chose to alter what she did. The novel was worth the read in that it was quick and interesting and I cared about the protagonist, but it could have been so much more.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting back story to Romeo and Juliet 12 janvier 2014
Par j. frzz - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you've read "Romeo and Juliet"....this book, Queen Mab, makes a
compelling read into the mythology that might have influenced Shakespeare.
People of his time were much more familiar with the myths of old than we are
today. The speech....short as it was, by Romeos friend, which mentioned
Queen Mab, was as beautiful as it was mysterious. So why was Queen Mab
mentioned at all? This book by Danley answers this question and then some.
I gave it a three star rating because I felt, at times, that not enough information
about the myth and how it all worked, was given. This led to some confusion
at times. the end of the story...having already reached a climax and a
suitable ending.....more paragraphs were given to wrap up what didn't need any more.
to be said. All in all interesting read for anyone who is interested in delving
into ancient myths and a more complete understanding of what may have influenced
people of that era.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Queen Mab 1 octobre 2013
Par K.Dunst - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I must admit, I liked this story much better than Shakespeare's version. Although I loved the depth of emotion in the original play, the ending was never satisfactory. I am glad that the story has been modified, turning the tragedy to joy instead. I am also glad that dear Mercutio was given a happy ending, of sorts. I never liked his untimely end.

Queen Mab is definitely a character. Turned bitter by Faunus when he betrays her and breaks her heart, she turns her wrath on him and his favored Montagues. She uses the friendship of House Capulet and turns him against Montague. Faunus and Mab use the Montagues and Capulets in their personal war like pieces in a chessboard. It isn't until a hundred years pass that they raise the stakes and things draw to an end. It is a terrible thing to see young lovers caught between the games of the demigods.

I would recommend this book to others, and I have enjoyed reading many of Kate Danley's other works.

*I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.*
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enchanting 26 septembre 2013
Par asamslife - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
What a splendid story of love both gained and lost, and of friendship shattered then regained. "Queen Mab" offers a whole new look to Romeo and Juliet's love story, bringing a new appreciation to the classic story. Queen Mab and her heart of ice drew me in and kept me entangled rooting for true love, and oh! How I despised the awful Faunus and his trickery! I really love new takes on old stories and this one did not let me down.. Well played, Kate Danley, we'll played..
(Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review)
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