A Wonderful Novella
Paving the way for Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Young Nepenthe is half-princess, half-mermaid. Though she longs for the sea, her father wants her to stay on land. But only love can make a mermaid give up the water, and Nepenthe doesn't love anyone the way her mother loves her human father. She wants to live as a mermaid and become the River Witch, like her mother.
Then Nepenthe meets Prince Lazar, the son of the all-powerful Snow King of Algid, and she can't help but fall for him. After a horrible tragedy strikes, Nepenthe joins forces with a young fire witch named Ora to save Lazar and protect the kingdom. But it soon becomes clear that Ora loves Lazar just as much as Nepenthe does... And now Nepenthe must decide: inherit the power of the River Witch, or betray her friend to be with the boy she loves.
And Nepenthe's role in the prophecy is only just beginning. . . In the future, she is destined to cross paths with a girl named Snow, who will have the power to change Algid forever-for better, or for worse.
I had no idea what to expect with this novella, because it was my first Danielle Paige novel. I had seen post after post on Twitter about Stealing Snow and was totally getting hyped up everyday I signed on. So when the Before The Snow novella was revealed and available on Amazon, I was all about buying and reading that!
I am so glad I did!
Nepenthe is the daughter of Princess Ariel and Prince Eric and though her father wants her to remain on land, she feels the calling of the sea, talking to her. Oh, the feels you guys! And then of course, a young charming prince makes his debut and eventually, Nepenthe must choose between her calling and her heart's desires. Oh and BIG PROBLEM, her sister Ora, loves the same prince. With betrayal, friendship, and magic, this novella surprised me constantly!
Danielle has a key sense on providing vivid imagery for her readers. I felt like I was being pulled into the story, to stand side by side with Nepenthe as she goes on this trying journey. I can only imagine what Stealing Snow has in store for us, and I will be in the highest state of anticipation waiting for this read!
This is a must read for any fantasy+magic+romance+fairy tale lover!