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Eye of the Beholder

by C H Clepitt

Eye of the Beholder - C H Clepitt - Magic Mirror
Part of the Magic Mirror Collection series:
  • Eye of the Beholder
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When pressure from his materialistic children turns Claude into a thief, it is down to his youngest daughter to set things right. Angelique agrees to take her father’s place as prisoner to what she is told is a hideous beast.

Angelique soon discovers that the so called beast is nothing more than Rosalie, a princess cursed to remain trapped in a castle, unless the curse can be broken, something she assures her is impossible.

Angelique does not believe in the impossible, and sets about trying to find a way to save her new friend, who she is rapidly growing to love.

Eye of the Beholder is the first in a series of queer fairy tale retellings in C H Clepitt’s Magic Mirror Collection.

Reviews:Emily D C on Testimonial wrote:

I grew up loving fairy tales but as I grew and learned about the dark, often misogynistic themes behind some of my favourite classics my love for them soured. With CH Clepitt’s queer retelling of Beauty and the Beast all the problematic themes around consent, and ownership of women are removed and what’s left is a compelling, beautifully sweet story of love, pain, loss, and redemption. There is nothing about this story I don’t love. Reading one of my favourite stories retold with women like me at its centre is the balm for my soul I didn’t know I needed. When I think about the magic of Beauty and the Beast in future I’ll always think of Rosalie and Angelique.

“Why should people read it?”
You know that feeling when you unexpectedly stumble across something so perfect, so pure that it seems to answer a question you didn’t even know you were asking? That’s why you should read this novella. CH Clepitt’s queer retelling of this classic fairy tale is exceptional in every detail from the setting in 1930s France to the nature of the “beast”. Give this queer fairy tale a try, I know it will become your new head-canon too.

About the Author

C H Clepitt has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of the West of England. As her Bachelor’s Degree was in Drama, and her Master’s Dissertation focused on little known 18th Century playwright Susannah Centlivre, Clepitt’s novels are extremely dialogue driven, and it has often been observed that they would translate well to the screen.

Since graduating in 2007, she gained experience in community and music journalism, before establishing satirical news website, Newsnibbles in 2010. In 2011 she published her book, A Reason to Stay, which follows the adventures of disillusioned retail manager, Stephen, as he is thrust into village life and the world of AmDram. Clepitt’s feminist fantasy, The Book of Abisan not only crosses worlds, but confuses genres, and has been described as a crime drama with magic. She has often said that she doesn’t like the way that choosing a genre forces you to put your book into a specific little box, and instead she prefers to distort the readers’ expectations and keep them guessing. Her 2016 work, I Wore Heels to the Apocalypse does just that, as just like the characters, the readers won’t know what’s going on in this laugh out loud satirical scifi.