THE HUNTED, a dark fairy tale retelling
Publication Date: January 6, 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Elements, Fairy Tale, The Little Mermaid
Let the hunt begin …
After witnessing the murder of his mother by a mermaid, Prince Eryx Bloodhurst of Atlas makes a deal to sedate his need for vengeance: they’ll catch the mermaid who did the deed, but he’ll pay for it with his crown.
Arelle, third princess of the Blu Sea, has never known the true cruelty of the forbidden lands firsthand, but she will soon. The halfling prince with murder in his eyes and the sea’s songs in his blood will make sure of that.
He should kill her.
Perhaps, keeping her might be worse.
Two kingdoms are falling. One king is losing it all and another threatens to ruin everything. The rules of the land and sea are changing. Secrets of the past are spilling.
And all because of a prince and his little mermaid—whether they live or die—nothing in the realm will ever be the same.
In The Hunted, Bethany-Kris opens a new world—the 9INE REALMS—for readers with a dark fairy tale retelling, and pulls inspiration from the cult classic favorite and the Hans Christian Andersen original to redefine what it means to be The Little Mermaid.
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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Fairy tales are like institutionalized stories that have been ingrained in the minds of young girls ever since we were little. I was someone who devoured fairy tales as a kid. I’ve watched all the Disney movies and read Grimm’s fairy tales for bedtime stories while growing up.
While I was growing up, I saw and read a bunch of fairy tale retellings. Some were just simply so good that you will never look at the same story ever again. The first time that happened was when I read Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, and Apples. And then now, when I read Bethany-Kris’ The Hunted.
The Little Mermaid holds a special place in my heart just because it’s one of the first Disney movies that I’ve watched as a kid. And also because the songs were so memorable that up until now I can still remember every line of the lyrics for Part of that World.
Reading the retelling of my favorite fairy tale as an adult was simply something that’s too hard to resist for the little kid at heart in me. Oh well, was I in for a treat. The Hunted was a spectacular retelling of The Little Mermaid. It’s an adult version of the fairy tale that I have always loved. But after reading this, I’ll never look at the story the same way again.
Except I would think about this version and recall Arelle and Eryx’s story. I loved how the story dealt with the realms of the sea and talked about vengeance, including the unbreakable bond that these characters have for each other. What I especially enjoyed the most was that it gave the story of The Little Mermaid more depth and context to what we have originally read or watched before.
As a reader, I’ve always thought that there is something more about Ariel than what I have seen in the movies. Bethany-Kris has explored that and more in her story. And because I loved it so much, I’m kinda hoping that I would get to see more of Arelle and Eryx in the future. While the Epilogue was wrapped up quite nicely, the fairy tale lover in me just can’t help but ask for more.