Author Katie Hamstead has done it again; shared with us a solid futuristic fairy-tale re-telling. This time, the storyline centers around Snow White and her seven dwarves, while alluding to other characters and plotlines in her Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles.
As expected, Snow’s evil stepmother arranged for a huntsman to kill Snow when she was a young teenager, and she successfully ran away and fell in with some dwarves. Being that this is the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles, the dwarves have magic abilities. Snow lives with them on their home planet of Calcus, working for the mine owner, White Enterprises. When the heir to the White corporation visits, the relationship that develops between him and Snow is nothing short of a charming fairy-tale.
Like our Sleeping Beauty, Apolline, Snow is a smart, resourceful, and spirited heroine, though she is a pacifist and has no fighting or hunting skills to speak of. She does, however, enjoy the thrill of street racing in her fixed-up ancient Earth automobile against dwarf hovercrafts.
While ‘Dwarves of Calcus’ was not combined with any other fairy-tale that I’m aware of, Hamstead incorporated original and creative plots and characters into the traditional story of Snow White. The dwarves each had personalities and their interactions with each other, the humans, and other magical beings provided some comedy. Additionally, not only does the evil stepmother, Geneva, send the huntsman back after Snow, she also unwittingly sends her current husband (husband #3) to Calcus, which creates some humorous scenes. Though Snow’s charming Timothy White and Geneva’s current husband were boyhood rivals, this is the magical world of Katie Hamstead’s fairy-tales; nothing remotely close to resembling a love triangle occurs.
Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s ‘The Lunar Chronicles’!
Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #DwarvesOfCalcus #NetGalley
‘Dwarves of Calcus’ will be available on March 6, 2018 as part of the Kindle Unlimited program!