Adult Fairy Tales

You may think fairy-tales are just for children. But reading some of these books inspired by fairy-tales and designed for an older audience might make you change your mind!

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Lawhead, Steve.
Hood
This take on the legendary Robin Hood mixes Medieval settings, Celtic mythology, and the realities of contemporary life.
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Gaiman, Neil.
Stardust
This work of science fiction tells the tale of a young man on a quest for a fallen star.
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Lanagan, Margo
Tender morsels
This retelling of Rose Red and Snow White is a story of violence, magic, and the painful process of facing the past.
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Card, Orson Scott.
Enchantment

This modern day retelling of Sleeping Beauty takes a Russian-American graduate student and throws him into the drama of a world from hundreds of years before.

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McKiernan, Dennis L.
Once upon a winter's night

After magic steals away a mysterious prince, his bride sets out on a journey to find him in this retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

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Cast, P. C.
Goddess of the rose
This adult adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is full of luxury, passion, and true love.
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Ivey, Eowyn.
The snow child
When Jack and Mabel create a child out of snow in 1920s Alaska, they never expect a little girl to appear in its place. But a fairy-tale ending is not easy to come by in the brutal Alaskan wilderness, and learning more about the mysterious snow child will transform everyone.
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Marillier, Juliet.
Heart's blood

In this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, a young scribe takes refuge in a cursed wood, fleeing her own demons and learning the truth of a mysteriously crumbled fortress and its chieftain along the way.

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McKinley, Robin.
Spindle's end

This adaptation of Sleeping Beauty by a master of fairy-tale retellings follows a cursed princess from the time of her birth through her growth into a young woman with serious doubts about her role as a member of the royal family.

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Benjamin, Melanie.
Alice I have been
This historical fiction tells of the adult struggles of the real life Alice, the inspiration behind Lewis Carrol's famous stories of Wonderland.
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Lackey, Mercedes.
The snow queen
This adult retelling of The Snow Queen story is book four of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series.
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Last updated: March 13, 2013