As this series progresses, the stories just get better I truly enjoyed this retelling, from Gemma s noble character to her absolutely hilarious friend Linnea, to their relationship with each other, as well each of their love interests These are sweet, light retellings, with a bit of depth but with the same essential message at the center kind heroines, caring heroes, love trumping evil My main disappointment is that the Timeless Fairy Tale villains are invariably utterly villainous I wo As this series progresses, the stories just get better I truly enjoyed this retelling, from Gemma s noble character to her absolutely hilarious friend Linnea, to their relationship with each other, as well each of their love interests These are sweet, light retellings, with a bit of depth but with the same essential message at the center kind heroines, caring heroes, love trumping evil My main disappointment is that the Timeless Fairy Tale villains are invariably utterly villainous I would have preferred it if King Torgel was believably evil There s a LOT of believable, complex, and utterly devastating evil in the world Torgel feltlike a caricature, and the explanation of madness did not sit right with me either Mental illness is almost never the reason for evil rulers I know, we have Caligula and a handful of other such figures in history, but they stand out as exceptions There s usually a lotgoing on Just look at the world today It san issue of morality and unchecked power than mental illness as far as I can tell.Anywho, this series is certainly worth a read, and this book is an enjoyable read that I stayed up late to finish A solid 4 stars First off, Gemma is quite possibly one of my favorite female protagonists of all time I just love her character and how selfless and caring she was despite her seemingly pessimistic, glass half empty public image I m afraid I m not so happy about Stil s character though When he tricked her with Your first born child will be mine , I was staring at my Kindle screen and mentally shouting at Gemma, PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORDING YOU YOU You didn t listen to me That s gonna come back to bite First off, Gemma is quite possibly one of my favorite female protagonists of all time I just love her character and how selfless and caring she was despite her seemingly pessimistic, glass half empty public image I m afraid I m not so happy about Stil s character though When he tricked her with Your first born child will be mine , I was staring at my Kindle screen and mentally shouting at Gemma, PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORDING YOU YOU You didn t listen to me That s gonna come back to bite you girl I admit, it was funny to an extent, but personally, I d be careful about falling in love with someone who would trick me like that I loved Grandmother Guri and how straightforward she was about everything It was very amusing All of the prison guards were fantastic, and I loved Gemma s relationship with them I hated King what s his face, and repeatedly wondered how anyone could be so cruel and twisted I m really really hoping that a book about Angelique will be written, because I m very curious about what she s going through, and what she s going to do This book is strongly recommended Rumpelstiltskin is magical, whimsical, and enchanting It s a truly beautiful tale for faerie tale lovers With bits of humor, intrigue, and the power of true love, this one is sure to have you turning the pages Ah, do you hear that That is the sound of satisfaction from another beautiful read I absolutely adored this version of Rumpelstiltskin It was full of charm and fascination If you haven t noticed by now, K.M Shea is becoming my favorite author Her faerie tale retellings hold all the b Rumpelstiltskin is magical, whimsical, and enchanting It s a truly beautiful tale for faerie tale lovers With bits of humor, intrigue, and the power of true love, this one is sure to have you turning the pages Ah, do you hear that That is the sound of satisfaction from another beautiful read I absolutely adored this version of Rumpelstiltskin It was full of charm and fascination If you haven t noticed by now, K.M Shea is becoming my favorite author Her faerie tale retellings hold all the best pieces of the original tales, but also offer originality and beauty that you can t find anywhere else Her version of Rumpelstiltskin is a perfect example of this Her writing style has continued to impress me with each tale This one drew me in with elegant imagery and plenty of humor and love The story flowed effortlessly, and Shea s faerie tale world has continued to flourish and become realized I loved the fact that this could be read as a stand alone, but also held glorious bits of her past tales to initiate the notorious reading oohs and aahhs.When compared to the original tale, Shea kept a few aspects that seemed to be key to the story, such as the boasting father, the threatening king, and the exchange of trades offered to Rumpelstiltskin for spinning the gold But, she also threw her own twists in that not only surprised me as a reader, but also felt like they fit the story The tale was changed, in a fantastical way, to feel like a different tale from long ago.And, who could get over the starring role of Gemma, the seamstress She should have been in the tale from the beginning of time She was beautiful, intelligent, determined, kind, and caring She was strong and brave, and shined with a noble personality She was my favorite because she handled everything with such poise, and her character was truly admired by all I also loved Lady Linnea Shea truly understands the importance of girl power, strong friendships, and women uplifting women, because she has written another fabulous friend in her tale Linnea was the image of grace and beauty, not only because she was beautiful on the outside, but because she was beautiful on the inside She was a fiercely loyal friend to Gemma, and never let their social class differences stand in the way Linnea represented true love in a sisterly kind of way.And, of course, there was Stil His character was truly magical No, really, he was a mage He was so fascinating and striking in comparison to the original Rumpelstiltskin When I said Shea made this tale her own, she made Stil her own too His character was kind, determined, and loyal He contrasted the original in so many amazing ways, and I loved him Like her past three tales, this one had an old world charm, swirled with magical enchantment and moral beauty I loved the elegance of the writing and the mix of humor and fantasy If you haven t picked up any books by K.M Shea yet, you are seriously missing out Thank you to the author for sending me this free e copy in exchange for my honest review, and as part of my Faerie Tale Friday posts.Quotes used are from the book, written by the author This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Long live King Toril What a blast I started reading late in the evening and wasn t able to finish until the next afternoon because of obligations namely, life but this only meant I got to dream about it But besides being forced to put it down around 12 30 in the morning sorry husband it was as un put down able as the other books in K M Shea s timeless faerie tales I adore the incomparable Stil with his endearing brand of arrogance tinged with just the right amount of self deprecation Long live King Toril What a blast I started reading late in the evening and wasn t able to finish until the next afternoon because of obligations namely, life but this only meant I got to dream about it But besides being forced to put it down around 12 30 in the morning sorry husband it was as un put down able as the other books in K M Shea s timeless faerie tales I adore the incomparable Stil with his endearing brand of arrogance tinged with just the right amount of self deprecation The prickly but 24 carrot gold hearted Gemma is refreshing with her sharp tongued comments but the sarcasm doesn t get carried away.The enigmatic Lady Linnea was such fun, but despite everything she added to the story, I m disappointed she didn t get her own She reminded me a bit Shea s Britt Arthur s from King Arthur and her Knights only with the added femininity that Britt is unable to portray due to the fact that she s pretending to be Arthur But another story just about Lady Linnea as the leader of the Verglas army I would so read that The story was scintillating, the relationships realistic and the characters captivating Bravo romance, clean, stand alone readThis was a fun retelling of the fairy tale Rumplestiltskin Very clever re imagining of the classic fairy tale Gemma was such a fun character Determined, clever, loyal, hardworking, and lovely As she is imprisoned by the mad king to spin the flax not straw into gold, Stil, a Mage comes to her rescue Their fall is beautiful by small steps, and Gemma has a hard time initially trusting him As her rescues her multiple times, her heart gradually opens Two love romance, clean, stand alone readThis was a fun retelling of the fairy tale Rumplestiltskin Very clever re imagining of the classic fairy tale Gemma was such a fun character Determined, clever, loyal, hardworking, and lovely As she is imprisoned by the mad king to spin the flax not straw into gold, Stil, a Mage comes to her rescue Their fall is beautiful by small steps, and Gemma has a hard time initially trusting him As her rescues her multiple times, her heart gradually opens Two lovely honest characters, the lady and the Prince, some fun characters too If this had the right audience, it would definitely be a much wider read novel Worth a read if you enjoy this genre Loved the fantasy magical elements in this story as well I will definitely be reading the other novels in this series My favorite retelling of this fairy tale Wow I didn t know quite what I was getting myself into when I started this book, but I m so glad I did I remember really liking this author s fairytale retellings, although I had only read the first three books in this series and it s been a couple years since I last read one I don t know why I didn t keep reading them they are masterfully crafted stories and I absolutely LOVED this one Gemma is such a strong character I admired and loved her sense My favorite retelling of this fairy tale Wow I didn t know quite what I was getting myself into when I started this book, but I m so glad I did I remember really liking this author s fairytale retellings, although I had only read the first three books in this series and it s been a couple years since I last read one I don t know why I didn t keep reading them they are masterfully crafted stories and I absolutely LOVED this one Gemma is such a strong character I admired and loved her sense of honor and integrity She demonstrated over and over her kindness and selflessness by sacrificing herself for others sakes The relationships she developed as a result were so satisfying and endearing I loved the way Rumpelstiltskin was a part of this story I don t want to give anything away, but his character was a perfect touch to this fairy tale The romance was sweet I truly loved it and the bit of humor that these two had in their interactions A great book, and now I need to go readin the series And K.M Shea wins again This woman never ceases to amaze me with her talent and artistry She truly is a master at taking the fairytales and spinning them in a unique and surprising way Her stories are truly magnificent Yes, this means that this has just become my favorite Rumplestiltskin retelling I m having a lot of fun with K.M Shea s Timeless Fairy TalesThey re such creative reimaginings of the classic fairy tale, while still keeping the elements that made the original so beloved Rumpelstiltskin was no exception in that the author took what is often a rather creepy story and made it something fun and romantic I loved both the hero and heroine Gemma is a truly noble character full of honor, integrity, and selfless sacrifice while Stil was incredibly loyal and endearing, slightly a I m having a lot of fun with K.M Shea s Timeless Fairy TalesThey re such creative reimaginings of the classic fairy tale, while still keeping the elements that made the original so beloved Rumpelstiltskin was no exception in that the author took what is often a rather creepy story and made it something fun and romantic I loved both the hero and heroine Gemma is a truly noble character full of honor, integrity, and selfless sacrifice while Stil was incredibly loyal and endearing, slightly arrogant but thoroughly charming with his magic and wit in many ways, he was a bit reminiscent of Howl from Howl s Moving Castle I really liked Lady Linnea, who was the perfect example of true friendship and loyalty, as well as her side romance with Prince Toril So cute As for Gemma and Stil s romance, I thought it was incredibly sweet I loved how Stil fell totally in love with Gemma s character, only to have to fight for her in order to convince her his feelings were genuine They made a wonderful couple as they work together to overcome the obstacles of the circumstances Gemma finds herself in through no fault of her own I also enjoyed how magic played a huge role in this book it really added a lot of charm to the story While the plot was fun and romantic, I m not particularly enjoying how each book in this series references to the overarching plot line of dark magic forces at work it seems a bit too epic for me Thankfully, it s kept mostly in the background, and the primary focus is on the romance between Gemma and Stil, which was adorable I thoroughly enjoyed watching them fall in love I can t wait to see how K.M Shea spins other fairy tales Whenyear old Gemma, a seamstress, is ordered by the insane King Torgen to spin straw into gold or be put to death, she knows her life is forfeit Unwilling to give up, Gemma tries to escape her prison, earning her the respect of the mysterious mage, Stil Stil offers to complete the impossible task for a priceGreedy and unsatisfied, King Torgen demands and straw to be spun into gold, and decrees that he will reward Gemma by marrying her With death or marriage to a crazed king clouding her future, Stil offers Gemma a bargain that seems too good to be trueWill Gemma s trust in Stil be her downfall, or will he defy the entire country to save her My edition Kindle UnlimitedPages 236Series Timeless Fairy Tales 4Rating 4.5 starsReview Hmmm guess which retelling this is Bet you ll never guess it.I don t know if this is my favorite of them so far It was a good retelling but Gemma wasn t my favorite and Stil was a little lack luster for me I found at times that Gemma was quite annoying She continuously kept saying that mages can only like love other mages It was very annoying She kept rejecting Stil because he was a crafts mage and My edition Kindle UnlimitedPages 236Series Timeless Fairy Tales 4Rating 4.5 starsReview Hmmm guess which retelling this is Bet you ll never guess it.I don t know if this is my favorite of them so far It was a good retelling but Gemma wasn t my favorite and Stil was a little lack luster for me I found at times that Gemma was quite annoying She continuously kept saying that mages can only like love other mages It was very annoying She kept rejecting Stil because he was a crafts mage and she was a seamstress Woman, no one can control who they love Stil did become some what of panty dropper at the end.As for Angelique, she showed up in this one again Here she comes to save the day And she is FABULOUS Now on to the next book which is The Little Mermaid retelling