Evil plots his return to power and Good fights to defeat Evil's sinister plan. Caught between them in this epic struggle are two young lovers - Martak, master of the forest, and Marianna, a beautiful maiden and governess to Rosy, the impetuous, young princess. Evil's desperate scheme to outwit Good and rule the Kingdom puts Martak, Marianna and the Princess at risk as they are drawn into the conflict.
Will the soulmates realize their "happily ever after?" Martak must first unravel the curse and destroy evil. In this land where magical forces vie for dominance, could true love be the most powerful weapon of all?
A beautifully illustrated tale for women of all ages, Ten Fingers Touching explores the complex nature of love and fate. It is an enchanting journey of romance, mystery and adventure. Ellen A. Roth's debut novella is an imaginative take on a classic genre-and a treat for the romantic soul.
I've been loving the trend these days of re-imagined fairy tales, and so I was drawn to Ten Fingers Touching. But rather than a re-imagining, this is a classic-style, original tale of the battle between Good versus Evil and the mortals that are drawn into the conflict.
The story is simple and told in the manner of a fairy tale, which doesn't allow for much by way of character development, but there were a couple of surprises at the end. The story was darker than I expected, and it was racier too, which it didn't necessarily need to be. The flowery descriptions of love-making were a little over-the-top, and that turned out to be the only real weak spot for me in an otherwise solidly written piece.
What made this book for me were the gorgeous illustrations. The book is very well produced with bright, glossy pages and vibrant art that captures the eye and the imagination. The author calls this book a labor of love, and that is evident in the finished product. The presentation alone makes it worthy of adding to any fairy tale lover's collection.
My Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
TEN FINGERS TOUCHING
$22.95 hardcover; 104 pages