Over the past several months, I’ve had the opportunity to read some fantastic books! One of the books I read during the month of June was The Seventh Bride, by T. Kingfisher.
“Marriage was like death. You knew it’d happen eventually, but it wasn’t something to dwell on.”The Seventh Bride, by T. Kingfisher (page 3)
The Seventh Bride tells the story of Rhea, the teenage daughter of a miller, who spends her days helping in her father’s mill and has no thoughts of getting married any time soon.
That all changes when she catches the eye of Lord Crevan, a friend of the local viscount. When he asks for her hand in marriage, Rhea fears that a refusal will jeopardize her family’s livelihood, so she agrees to the engagement. Her parents try to convince her that everything will be fine, but Rhea isn’t so sure, because something about Lord Crevan just feels wrong.
As it turns out, that feeling of wrongness stems from the fact that Lord Crevan is a sorcerer, and not a particularly nice one.
When Lord Crevan insists that Rhea visit his manor before their marriage, she reluctantly does so. Upon her arrival, however, she discovers that her future husband is already married…to six other women who are imprisoned in his magical home.
Left without any means of escape, Rhea must perform a number of tasks within a set amount of time. If she fails any of them, she will be forced to become the sorcerer’s seventh wife.
I really enjoyed reading The Seventh Bride! It was a great story, and included a lot of drama and magical moments. This is the third book that I have read by T. Kingfisher, and I have continued to be very impressed with her writing. I especially enjoyed the characters in this book. Lord Crevan’s wives were all very unique individuals, and the author did a great job of developing them over the course of the book.
If you are a fan of fantasy novels, I highly recommend checking out The Seventh Bride. It’s a great book that I think both teenage and adult readers will enjoy.
And, if you’d like to learn more about some of T. Kingfisher’s other titles, I hope you’ll check out my reviews of A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking and Minor Mage, which I posted earlier this year.