Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Curse Dark as Gold

by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Oh, my. I don't even know where to start.

A Curse Dark as Gold depicts the familiar "Rumplestiltskin" tale in a much more serious and suspenseful way. Charlotte Miller, the daughter of the dead miller, is forced to take on the responsibilities of the mill. However, not all mean well to the mill. Charlotte's suspicious uncle has a part in making Charlotte's life worse, while competitive millers from other towns fight over who should buy Charlotte's mill. Desperate for money, Charlotte finds aid in the undead Jack Spinner, a strange man who can spin gold out of his hat.

OK, I have to admit--I got scared while reading this book. Jack Spinner was kind of creepy for me, and I hated Bill Penny and his dead daughter. Other than that, this book was great. It was so similar to other books I've read, but the story plot was still fresh and interesting.

***Minor Spoiler Warning***
For those of you who have read the book, I have a question:

Was Uncle Wheeler actually a poor boy who just took the name of Wheeler in order to gain popularity and a high status? Or was he actually a Wheeler from the start? I didn't really understand that part.


Katie said...

Youv'e really been reading Priya! I posted a book review just now, but now I have nothing to read!!


Katie said...


Loved your GoodReads list....

You have an excellent taste in books....


Danielle said...

All right, Uncle Wheeler is not a Wheeler from birth. He was the illegitimate son of Wheeler (meaning that his dad was rich and his mom was poor and a maid or something) and as a result he basically was a Wheeler through blood but he didn't get the title, name, any of that. And it made him bitter. So as a result when Jack Spinner found him he was full of revenge and wanted that *name* more than anything. Make sense? :)

Priya said...

Yes, it makes sense now. Thanks a lot, Danielle!

Vivian said...

I liked to book, though it got a bit boring in the middle.

elizabethcbunce said...

Thank you for the great review! And congratulations for being the first person I've ever seen to mention Annie Penny in a review! Wow!

(And Danielle nailed UW's history. Nice job.)