I’ve always loved fairy tales and am especially interested in remakes of traditional stories. Rumpelstiltskin has always fascinated me. I imagined diverse, both good and evil, reasons why Rumpelstiltskin might want the Queen’s baby. I recently wrote a picture book on this subject, titled Rumpelstiltskin’s Child so I was particularly intrigued to come across Puttroff’s novel, Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter.
The cover is beautiful and suits the story perfectly, once you have reached that point in the narration.
This is a young adult novel told from a different viewpoint with a unique and well-crafted plot. Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter, Raya, was abandoned as a babe. She was adopted by a disfigured bachelor and raised in great love and care. Her biggest complaint is her father’s over protectiveness which bursts into full bloom when the king commands all girls over the age of 16 to spend a week at the palace in order for his son to select a bride. Raya is thrilled with the opportunity to leave her little village and see the big city. The chance to attend parties, feasts, and balls is not something she will abandon at her father’s protests. She can’t understand why he wants to pack in his thriving tailor shop and flee with her to distant lands. She soon learns, however, that her father has been keeping secrets from her, secrets about her birth and her family. I don’t want to spoil anything, so you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out what happens.
Puttroff writes about first love, jealousy, bullying, friendship, and intrigue with charm and skill. Raya is a strong character, a little impulsive but not stupid, who is frustrated and even endangered by a series of events outside of her control. She faces these with determination and courage. The voice in this novel is authentic and compelling.
I did, however, find the story a bit short. Of those 260 pages, it seemed as though it needed another 50 to 70 pages to flesh out the story, especially with regard to the rebels and the prince.
An enjoyable read.