Friday Favorite Five: Fairytale Retellings


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Favorite Five Fairytale Retellings

I really love a great retelling of a fairytale. Whether it’s retelling the tale straight forwardly, adding some new twist, or it’s only marginally recognizable as the original story, there are so many interesting ways to retell a tale.

  • Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier


Now, I could have also talked about Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest, which is also an amazing retold fairy tale, but I do love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling so I’m going with Heart’s Blood here. This is such another celtic retelling of a classic fairy tale from her, but it’s not just a straight forward retelling. The elements are there, if you look closely, but if you didn’t know it was a retelling then you might not realize it at first. I thought this was cleverly done and the story is just great with a lot of heart.



  • Deerskin by Robin McKinley



Deerskin is NOT an easy story to read. It contains some pretty awful stuff at the beginning including rape and incest, but it’s a really great story about dealing the bad things that happen to us sometimes, and learning how to go on. It’s prose is great as well, as I’ve come to love from Robin McKinley. I really love this book even though it’s not a light and fluffy read.




  • In the Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillip



Ok, so this isn’t a strict retelling but I’m counting it since it takes so many elements from fairytales, including The Fire Bird. I really love this book, even though it’s been a while since I’ve read it. I’ve been slowly working my way through McKillip’s books and she has some of the best prose in the fantasy genre and beyond. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, I’d highly recommend checking her work out.


  • The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey



Granted, it’s been a long time since I’ve read this one but I remember loving it back in the day. I love a lot of Lackey’s fairy tale stuff and she has an entire series that plays on classic fairy tale tropes called The Five Hundred Kingdoms (they’re fun books!). This is another retelling of Beauty and the Beast so if you like retellings of that story you may enjoy this one!




  • East by Edith Patou



East is a fantastic retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I absolutely LOVE this book, it’s just great all around. The story does read a bit like Beauty and the Beast, but it’s definitely a tale all its own. This retelling really bring the characters and the setting to life.




Those are my picks for this week! Thoughts on these? What are some of your favorite fairytale retellings? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!



20 thoughts on “Friday Favorite Five: Fairytale Retellings

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Hope you enjoy! There’s also some ones I’ve been meaning to read, like a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses set in 1920’s flapper club by Genevieve Valentine called The Girls at the Kingfisher Club.

      Another one I want to read is Bitter Greens by Kate Forsythe, a retelling of Rapunzel–one of my friends loves that one.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I have read so many, I probably could have gone on for a while but a lot were by the same authors, haha. Robin McKinley has written a lot of retellings especially–I love her writing so much.

  1. foreverlostinlit says:

    Juliet Marillier & Patricia McKillip are authors that I’m 100% planning on finally checking out this year. I feel like I am just going to love their work. I also really want to read Deerskin sometime, I’ve been really interested in that one. I love East as well, I’m glad to see some renewed interest in it these days.

  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    I have a copy of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club and I was so excited to buy it and yet still haven’t picked it up. I love retellings – Sarah Pinborough wrote a great trio of books, Poison, Beauty and Charm (don’t know if that’s the correct order off the top of my head) which I loved. they’re a bit saucy and come up with some ideas that you really don’t expect.
    Lynn 😀

  3. Zezee says:

    Wow! It’s been such a long time since I read Deerskin that I’ve forgotten the story. I do recall it being a tough read though. Will have to reread that one.

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