4 enchanting stars!
'Coiled’ is a well-written retelling of the story of Eros and Psyche. In this case, there are a set of twin Princesses and a set of twin Princes with a mirror curse cast upon each set. Their fathers, the two Kings, are friends, and like all fairytale Kings, they set out to unite their kingdoms via marriage of their children.
The mirror curses are such that Princess Laidra becomes more and more ugly on the outside as she uses her gift to heal people and show them kindness. Her sister has the inverse, the other half of the curse. Princess Ellea’s outward beauty grows each time she is mean or nasty. While the girls’ curse is tied to their personalities and choices they actively make, the boys’ curse allows them less control. Each Prince has a human form and a serpent form. One Prince remains human unless someone lays eyes on him, and the other remains a serpent until someone lays eyes on him.
As a result of their curses (and some rather nasty parenting), Prince Volen and Princess Ellea are paraded in front of their kingdoms as the beautiful and human heirs to the throne. They easily maintain these positions by having guards constantly watch Prince Volen and for Princess Ellea to continue to be nasty in order to keep up her beauty.
Princess Laidra could actively choose not to help people, and her warts and scars would disappear over time, but that’s not who she is. Prince Calen has no such choice; even his own mother must wear a blindfold while in his presence, or else he turns into a mindless serpent.
As the Kings plan for Volen and Ellea’s marriage to unite their kingdoms and plot to resolve the curses set upon their children, chaos, romance, and intervention from mythological Greek Gods ensue. Enjoy!
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