The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

If you like fractured fairy tales and stories that are spooky but not n239111scary, this is a great book for you. The sorceress Lady Lamorna lives in a ghastly castle above the town of Fracture. She has a burning desire for a new gown – black velvet, decorated with poison ivy, spider webs and skulls, but she has no gold in her treasure chest to pay for it. She hatches a plan: she will turn all the local princes into frogs and demand ransoms from their royal parents. The author has written a humorous adventure full of the typical fairy tale characters: a bad prince who is really not the least bit evil, a beautiful but nasty stepsister with a “heart as hard as a frying pan”, a sweet, brave little girl named Gracie who must escape her wicked stepfather, a wise-talking bat, a troll whose head often comes off, and three old crones whose job it is to spin the web of power. French is a wonderful storyteller and the story moves along at a furious pace, taking twists and turns that you wouldn’t predict. This book is a winner.

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3 Comments on “The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French”

  1. Abbie Goldberg Says:

    What I loved about this book was how creative it was. Most fractured fairytale books are very similar and consequently too predictable. This book, however, was awesome!It had everything you would expect in a fairytale, frogs, evil stepsister, princes, but not in the way you expect. It was hilarious! I loved it!

  2. KIM Says:

    Sounds like a book I might want to read! I should pick it up sometime!


  3. Paige Says:

    That book sounds good. I want to read it.

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