Friday, January 9, 2015

The Stepmother

The Stepmother
by Katharina Gerlach

About the Book

Once upon a time in a world where magic and technology collide …

Even with her powers as a witch, Isabel cannot find a trace of her stepchildren. Desperate, she crosses the Old Forest, filled with as much malignant as benevolent magic, to reach the distant mountain kingdom she left as a young girl when her magical powers manifested. She soon realizes that a sinister creature holds the unsuspecting kingdom in thrall. It will take all she's able to give to save her children and the kingdom she once loved.

An imaginative retelling of “Little Brother, Little Sister” by the Brothers Grimm. What if they painted a wrong portrait of the stepmother?

The book includes a bonus story and the original fairy tale.

DRM-free DRM is a form of coding that makes it impossible to legally use an eBook on other eReaders. Since the author, Katharina, does not want to patronize her readers, she is not using DRM. This way, everyone who buys one of her eBooks can convert it into the format supported by his/her eReader.

My Review

The Stepmother is a novella with an interesting twist on the typical evil stepmother. Isabel, a step-mother and a witch, is hated by her two adopted children. Why do her children hate her? Is she really so bad?

We follow Isabel on her adventures as she seeks to reunite her family and save her beloved child-hood kingdom from the clutches of a powerful creature.

I recommend this book for a more mature audience: age 12 to adult

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About Katharina Gerlach

Katharina Gerlach was born in Germany in 1968. She and her three younger brothers grew up in the middle of a forest in the heart of the Luneburgian Heather. After romping through the forest with imagination as her guide, the tomboy learned to read and disappeared into magical adventures, past times or eerie fairytale woods.

She didn't stop at reading. During her training as a landscape gardener, she wrote her first novel, a manuscript full of a beginner's mistakes. Fortunately, she found books on Creative Writing, and soon her stories improved. For a while, reality interfered with her writing but after finishing a degree in forestry and a PhD in Science, she returned to her vocation. She likes to write Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Historical Novels for all age groups.

At present, she is writing at her next project in a small house near Hildesheim, Germany, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a dog.

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Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.

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