The first thing that came to mind about describing this novel is that Fortune's Folly
is "absolutely darling". The characters are wonderful and vibrant, and the world is the same. The prose is suitable for the age to which is it is targeted (middle-grade) but does not talk down to them and is just as interesting for an older reader like myself.Fortune's Folly
is well aware of its status as a fairy tale story and is filled with all sorts of little references that I loved spotting. Some of these are bigger than others in the scheme of things, and some of these have even been flipped on their heads to add new twists on things. Fortune's Folly
is part of the new generation of fairy tales and fables, and it shows how well it can be done. What makes Fortune's Folly
different (or dare I say it without being trampled on by fellow fairy tale geeks), even better than fairy tales is because of the depth of the characters and the strength of the characterization.
The world of Fortune's Folly
is not a world where the princes are always handsome and kind and perfect, nor are the heroines beautiful and downtrodden and utterly pure in thought and deed. While doing so could be considered true to the classical fairy tales, it would cause Fortune's Folly
to lack the charm that it does. Fortune's Folly
has flawed heroines, flawed princes. It is about people who go out there and make the wish come true, rather than simply wait on their behind for the appropriate fairy godmother to cast a spell or prince to ride up on a horse and slay the dragon.
And that makes for a very wonderful, very modern (yet not!) fairy tale and good role model for younger girls. Absolutely darling.