by Rebecca Langham.
Blurb: Aurora Rose slumbers in the city of Oldpass, a cursed kingdom once allied with Grimvein. The victim of a malicious spell, she is powerless to control her own fate. At least, that’s how the story goes.
Now, as Grimvein faces attack, Prince Amir has been tasked with the life-threatening rescue of Aurora, his parents hopeful he will marry the princess and secure safety for their kingdom. Talia, the strongest spellcaster in the known lands, protects and guides the prince in his quest to save a woman that threatens to change their lives forever.
In finding Aurora, the pair will realise the truth about themselves and each other, coming to understand just what—and who—they really want in life.
Length: 70 pages.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Finding Aurora is a beautiful and inclusive retelling of Sleeping Beauty. From Australian author, Rebecca Langham, this novelette is not only a great read but it packs a powerful punch!
I sat down to read a quick chapter or two but quickly found myself speeding through to the end. Although only 70 pages, Finding Aurora manages to tell an emotional story full of action and adventure.
The relationship between Talia and Amir, is brilliantly executed. There is pain from Talia as she struggles with her feelings for Amir and her feelings of loneliness. All that Talia wants is out of her reach, she understands this and tries to make peace with the situation.
It was wonderful reading Talia, not only is she a powerful mage but throughout the story, it is her personality rather than her magic that shines through. Drawing the courage needed from her convictions and personality Talia utilises her emotional strength for the win!
Just a personal side note but, yes please. More of that. Whether intended or not, this was just so powerful for me. Pfft who needs weapons or magic when you just need to believe in yourself and that anything is possible.
By the end of the story, I was reading with happy tears in my eyes. I really enjoyed this quick retelling of Sleeping Beauty – it had romance, it had fantasy, and it has an inclusive QUILTBAG cast. Finding Aurora had all the elements of what I love reading and within chapters it had made it into one of my favourite books of 2018. Simply put Finding Aurora is a great read.
- The descriptions – the empathetic descriptors of the novella are so hard hitting! There is one scene featuring a prince (trying so hard not to provide spoilers) which is just a description of his eyes after discovering something. The language used was so powerful and had me getting so emotional.
- The Jacaranda trees – loved seeing a quiet Australian reference in here 😛 Also it doesn’t hurt that Jacaranda trees are absolutely beautiful and really helped paint a picture of Oldpass.
Recommendations: Okay, so what you need to do is make a cup of tea/coffee, find somewhere comfortable to read, and jump into this book. I say comfortable because once you start reading you will be reading this book in one sitting.
If you’re a fan of fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, or you’re just after a feel good and inclusive novella to read, Finding Aurora is the book for you!
Please note: I received a copy of Finding Aurora from NetGalley.