Reviewed by Sheri Bebee for Reader Views (12/13)
In “Queen Mab”, author Kate Danley entwines a new love story into the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet. Queen Mab is the faerie queen of the night, the bringer of dreams. Faunus is the god of the daylight, the bringer of day dreams. When Faunus breaks Queen Mab’s heart, she vows revenge and the battle between the two begins. These demigods use two of the most powerful families in Verona, the House of Montague and the House of Capulet to wage their war, and teenagers Romeo and Juliet become the final pawns in the battle. The plot “thickens”, as they say, when Queen Mab falls in love with a mortal named Mercutio. Queen Mab’s icy heart begins to melt as she realizes the true meaning and depth of love. When Mercutio becomes an unexpected victim of the battle, Mab will do anything in her power to stop the fore-told tragic ending - but Faunus is determined to play the game to the end.
I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. Kate Danley is superb as she craftily weaves her own twists into Shakespeare’s classic tale. The story is totally enchanting! Thank you, Danley for making Romeo and Juliet’s love story the sub-plot in this engaging romance. I like Shakespeare but never really understood, or perhaps appreciated, the story of Romeo and Juliet. I am a “happily-ever-after” kind of girl and I guess I just don’t like senseless tragedies, so it was a luxury to sink into the romance between Mercutio and Queen Mab. The surprise ending for both sets of lovers was delightful!
“Queen Mab” is beautifully written. The descriptions were fascinating - so vivid and so powerfully detailed! I could easily see the changing of Queen Mab’s facial features as a spell was being cast over her. The description of Queen Mab’s delicate chariot was exquisite, as was all of the imagery in the story. I became so easily engrossed that I read the entire book in one day - I simply could not put it down. I highly recommend “Queen Mab” for a refreshingly wonderful read!