Titles in This Set:
1. Fairest of All: A Tale Of The Wicked Queen
2. The Beast Within: A Tale Of Beauty's Prince
3. Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale Of The Sea Witch
4. Mistress of All Evil: A Tale Of The Dark Fairy
5. Mother Knows Best: A Tale Of The Old WitchDescription:Fairest of All: A Tale Of The Wicked Queen
The tale of the young princess Snow White and her evil stepmother, the Wicked Queen, is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same—the Queen was jealous of the girl's beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen's attempt on the sweet, naive girl's life.
Another tale far less often spoken of is the one that explains what caused the Queen to become so vile. Still, some have attempted to guess at the reason. Perhaps the Queen's true nature was that of a wicked hag and her beautiful appearance a disguise
to fool the King. Others claim that the Queen might have hated the girl for her resemblance to the King's first wife. Mostly, the Queen is painted as a morally abhorrent woman who never loved another being during the course of her miserable life.
In fact, the theories about exactly what caused the Queen's obsessive vanity and jealous rage are too numerous to catalog. This first book in the Villains series recounts a version of the story that has remained untold until now. It is a tragic tale of love
and loss, and it contains a bit of magic. It is a tale of the Wicked Queen. ...The Beast Within: A Tale Of Beauty's Prince
The tale is as old as time: a cruel prince is transformed into a beast. A lovely maiden comes into this monster's life. He is transformed by her compassion, and the love he feels for her in return. The two live happily ever after.
But any tale, especially one as storied as Beauty and the Beast's, has been told many different times, and in many different ways. No matter which version one hears, the nagging question remains: what was it that transformed the prince into the beast we are introduced to?
This is one version, pulled from the many passed down through the ages. It's a story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness, and, of course, of beauty.
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale Of The Sea Witch
The tale of the sea king's daughter Ariel is a beloved one of losing—and then finding-one's own voice. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the mergirl wants more than her world can offer, and her father demands that she live within the confines of his domain. Her rebelliousness costs the little mermaid her voice and nearly her soul. But the power of good prevails, and Ariel emerges proud and changed.
And yet this is only half the story. So what of Ariel's nemesis, Ursula, the sea witch? What led to her becoming so twisted, scorned, and filled with hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account of what might have shaped the sea witch into a detestable and poor unfortunate soul.
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale Of The Dark Fairy
The tale is told as if it's happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden learns she is a princess—one who has been cursed by a dark fairy to fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to protect her, the princess succumbs to the curse. But the power of good endures as her prince defeats the fire-breathing dragon and awakens her with True Love's Kiss.
Yet this is only half the story. What of the Dark Fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess. Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled from those passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the mistress of all evil.
Mother Knows Best: A Tale Of The Old Witch
The tale can seem as long and twisted as the braided hair at the center of its legend. An innocent child abruptly taken from her parents. A girl with magical hair confined to an isolated tower. Her captor a domineering old witch who masquerades as an
overprotective mother who simply knows best.
But what does Mother Gothel actually know? Why would she think that a lifetime of captivity is what's best for Rapunzel? Does she truly want to shield the princess and her enchanted hair from a mean, cruel world, or is there more to the story? This account digs deep into the past to find out what Mother Gothel really knows and why she believes in her heart that she alone knows best.
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