Posts Tagged ‘Kate Forsyth’

wild girlThe Wild Girl

4/5 Stars
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth is not a story filled with light. It is set in a small German kingdom during the Napoleonic wars. The story is about the family Grimm and their neighbours. There is poverty, hunger, cruelty and dark secrets. Dortchen Wild has loved Wilhelm Grimm from their first meeting. She yearns for a life with him away from her bleak life and her cruel and overbearing father. But as the years go by and her world spirals into despair she accepts this as her lot. Can there be a happy ending for her?

No wonder their fairy/folk tales are sometimes dark and twisted. You become very involved in these stifled lives. It is hard to imagine having to deal with the trials of some of these characters. I found it an interesting and rewarding read.

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5/5 Stars

Charlotte-Rose de la Force is an intelligent, witty woman who lives in the Court of Versailles at the time of Louis XIV. She is one of the bright lights of The Sun Kings palace, writing, entertaining and charming all she meets till her cleverness is her undoing and she is banished to a Nunnery.
Charlotte is sunk into despair until she meets the nun Soeur Seraphine who teaches her the way of bees and tells her a most amazing tale.
Kate Forsyth has redone the Rapunzel Fairy Story into a gritty, chilling adult version of the beloved Folk Story. It is the tale of the beautiful and ageless redheaded Selena, and of little Margherita who is sold as a 7 year old into cruel incarceration.
This is a wonderful book. Lots to keep you enthralled here.

Watch Kate talk about Bitter Greens by following the link below:

Kate Forsyth interview about BITTER GREENS

Reviews by Leanne Ellis.

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 Twitter: @KateForsyth


Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the award-winning & internationally bestselling author of more than 20 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include The Wild Girl, the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales; Bitter Greens, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series ‘Witches of Eileanan’. Her books for children include The Gypsy Crown, The Puzzle Ring, and The Starkin Crown.

Kate is currently studying a doctorate in fairytale retellings at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Lemon curd cake.

Question 2: Please name your favourite villain

Irata, the evil faery queen in my novel THE PUZZLE RING. She was so much fun to write!wild girl

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

In real life, I’d probably gape and goggle before trying to hand it back. In my imagination, I’d say, ‘the queen hornet is in flight’, and embark on an amazing adventure before ending up with the treasure AND the boy.

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

How on earth do you write such utterly brilliant and beautiful books?

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

What’s your favourite book?

13101761Bonus Question: I believe you have two more books due out, what can you tell us about them?

An illustrated children’s book called TWO SELKIE TALES FROM SCOTLAND and a contemporary novel for adults called DANCING ON KNIVES which draws on the Little Mermaid fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.


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 Twitter: @KateForsyth