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Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan@bookslayerreads. Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Why not check out her blog too🙂

This week’s choice is a The King’s Bride by E. T. A. Hoffmann a fantasy fairytale for grown-ups.

6575007“Happily engaged to the poet Amandus, Fraulein Anna is horrified to discover that a beautiful ring, mysteriously deposited upon her finger whilst tending her kitchen garden, forces her into marriage with the gnome Corduanspitz.

Can Anna find any way of removing the ring? Will her poet lover shake off his passive demeanour and come to her aid?  And has Corduanspitz truly relinquished all ties to his gnome heritage, as he so proudly claims?

Around a love story very much of its time, Hoffman arranges a narrative that brings to mind the most successful elements of contemporary magical realism and surreal comedy. Always entertaining, yet capable of a focused though subtle morality, “The King’s Bride” brings disparate elements into a masterful harmony.”



Fantasy is definitely not my genre but I really enjoyed this random library find. At just over 100 pages it kept my attention and even made me smile. 🙂