My Rating ~ Five stars
RELEASE DATE: 2 July 2019
This book is not for the faint of heart or weak in spirit. It’s not for skeptics who don’t believe in fairy tales and the powerful forces of good. It’s only for brave and intrepid souls like you, who will stare down evil in all its forms.
Inspired by the critically acclaimed film written and directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and reimagined by New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke, this haunting tale takes readers to a darkly magical and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous men, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.
Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with a copy of Pan’s Labyrinth, in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll start by saying, I have never watched the Pan’s Labyrinth film, so I didn’t have much of an idea what this book was about going in. But, I loved it! It was haunting, magical and deliciously dark. The writing was the type of lyrical, fairytale words that drew me in and blocked out the rest of the world.
After the death of Ofelia’s father, her mother has remarried and moved them into the home of her new husband, while she awaits the birth of his child. Ofelia knows the man to be her new father (who she calls the Wolf) is cruel, but can not convince her mother they should stay away. While the Wolf hunts down resistance fighters, Ofelia befriends one of the maids, Mercedes, who has an agenda of her own.
When Ofelia finds a labyrinth on the property, she comes into contact with a faun, who will tell her a magical tale, a fairytale that she herself belongs in the heart of, and give her three tasks to complete.
I loved the way this book interspersed tales from the Underground between the chapters of Ofelia and Mercedes’ stories. It wove them together so beautifully and clicked pieces into place along the way.
The illustrations that graced the pages of each section of the book were stunning and helped me give life to the characters, since I haven’t yet seen the movie.
I’d highly recommend this one if you love dark fairytales and magical writing!
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