A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce – Review


I usually jump at the chance to read any kind of fairytale retelling as soon as it comes out.  For some reason, I waited a bit to read A Curse Dark as Gold and now after reading it, I can’t believe it took me that long!

This is the best retelling of the Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin that I have read. This time, the  miller is a woman and the setting is England poised on the edge of the Industrial Revolution. Charlotte’s father has recently passed away leaving  Charlotte the care of the town mill and her younger sister. The Miller family and the mill itself have long been plagued with strange happenings and horrible events. Is it a curse or just superstition?

The mysterious spinner is sufficently sinister and the ending of the book is compelling and ties up all loose ends nicely.

This story is  a fairy tale, romance, intrigue and adventure all rolled into one.  The writing is beautiful reminding me very much of Shannon Hale’s fabulous tale of The Goose Girl. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves Libba Bray or Shannon Hale or just interested in fairy tale retellings in general.