“whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phillippians 4:8

Beyond the Four Kingdoms Series by Melanie Cellier

Melanie Cellier continued her The Four Kingdoms series with another, based on younger siblings of the characters in that previously review series. Beyond the Four Kingdoms is not yet finished, but I really liked the first three books. However, I couldn’t get into the fourth. Still, unlike The Four Kingdoms, these books all combined to lead somewhere. There is a common thread of a bad guy. We don’t know who yet, though.

A Dance of Silver and Shadow is based on what is inexplicably one of my favorite fairy tales: the twelve dancing princesses. Honestly, I think the only real reason I liked this story is because of Shelley Duval’s Faerie Tale Theatre. Which I loved watching as a child. That probably also contributes to my love of K.M. Shea’s 12 Dancing Princesses. I did like Cellier’s version quite a bit. It was creative, different, and interesting.

A Tale of Beauty and Beast takes a more classical approach to the Beauty and the Beast story...ish. The beast is definitely more of a beast in this story then in others I’ve read, but he still learns to love.

A Crown of Ice and Snow is, I think, based on the Snow Queen story. I’m mainly only heard of the ones from Disney’s Frozen and K.M. Shea’s The Snow Queen, so I have no idea how faithful this version is to the traditional, but it’s enjoyable. The main character, Celine, features in several of The Four Kingdoms books, so I wondered if her character would be the same as in the other books, and I felt it was. Obviously, she’s gotten older, but she still has things to learn.

A Dream of Ebony and White is the fourth book. I haven’t actually read this one yet. I struggled to get into it right after reading a different Snow White book, but it’s in my list of things to read, so I will update this review once I finish it. I do know that this book is different than the previous three in that it’s based around someone who is not one of the siblings of previous characters.

Overall, I liked this series. It’s both similar to and different from the first. The characters are younger than their siblings were in their books, but there isn’t much of a difference in maturity level. I feel like the stories in these are better than those of The Four Kingdoms.

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