Published: August 16th 2011. (First published July 6th 2004) by Simon Pulse.
Sort: Stand alone in the ‘Once upon a time’ serie.
Mina was born on the longest night of the darkest month of the year. When her father looked at her, all he saw was what he feared: By birth, by name, by nature, she belonged to the Dark. So when Mina turned sixteen, her father took her away from shadow and brought her into sunlight. In retaliation, her mother lured a handsome prince into a deadly agreement: If he frees Mina, he can claim her as his bride. Now Mina and her prince must endure deadly trials -- of love and fate and family -- before they can truly live happily ever after....
“And, in this way, the world was made complete, for light was joined to dark.”
I really like Cameron Dokey her books. The stories are loosely based on the fairytales we know and I always like the twist she gives them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about this one. I must admit: the fairytale about the magic flute is new to me. Never heard of it before, but in this book, there is hardly any flute. We hear a lot about a boy who can play with bells – and they are magical, because they can play the sound of someone’s heart. He uses them to summon the boy of Mina's heart.
“A home is a place one’s heart creates and so recognizes as it’s own.”
I liked the idea, but I never connected to the characters in the book. It’s not that Mina is a terrible main character, but I also disliked her in some way. The characters felt a bit too flat for me. So, if you are planning to read a book from Dokey – and you should do that, because her other books are great! – don’t start with this one :)