5 stars - "There is suspense, heartache, humor, and love, and plot twists all easily wrapped into the story. Although this book is slated as a Young Adult read (of which I am not), I was enthralled with the story telling and imagery.."
Immerse yourself in a fairy tale village where the only escape is through death.
Unique Beauty and the Beast retelling inspired by the Scottish folktale about Bean Nighe AKA the Washer Woman.
Preya never believed she’d be chosen by the curse on her village. Outcasted for her appearance, Preya has never bothered trying to fit in. Friends, balls, and romance are for eligible maidens, not a pariah who spends her time caring for her family. But this year is different.
Each Summer Solstice the Washer Woman enslaves a maiden of seventeen as her Messenger, a bearer of death to those who are Fated to Die. No maiden has ever survived her enslavement.
If Preya is to be the first, she must submit and follow the rules set by the Keeper. The mysterious boy is tasked with her training and, at all times, cloaked from her sight. His strict, domineering methods clash with his warm voice and gentle touch.
Preya doesn’t know how he’s connected to the curse, if he’s good or bad, human or monster, and why she’s drawn to him. When trusting him becomes her only chance at freedom, Preya discovers secrets about the Keeper and the past that change everything she thought she knew. Saving herself isn’t enough. She needs to break the curse, and she needs his help to do it.