Why would a mage befriend a seamstress?
When Gemma’s drunken father tells King Torgen of Verglas that his daughter can spin straw into gold, Gemma assumes her life is over. Held captive in a room filled with straw, Gemma is ordered to spin it all into gold by dawn the following day, or she will be killed by the king’s orders. Rather than cry her eyes out over her sad fate, Gemma tries escaping, and becomes acquainted with a mysterious mage named Stil. Stil offers to help Gemma complete her task, for a price, and turns the straw into gold thread.
Unfortunately the gold whets the greedy appetite of King Torgen, who is determined to wring more gold from Gemma. Gemma is relieved when Stil agrees to help her a second and third time…but his requested payments for the task grow stranger and stranger…
Can Gemma outsmart the evil king and survive Stil’s unusual bargains?
- Rumpelstiltskin: the original fairy tale (brutally picked apart by yours truly)
- Origins and Analyzing Rumpelstiltskin
- My Version
- Short Story: A Magical Meeting
- Rumpelstiltskin Retellings
Book Trivia! A cover image previously used for Rumpelstiltskin can seen on my Pinterest book board.
“Shea has created a beautiful world inhabited by fairytale characters. Stil was a great, quirky character.” – Casey Williams
“Like her past three tales, this one had an old world charm, swirled with magical enchantment and moral beauty. I loved the elegance of the writing and the mix of humor and fantasy. If you haven’t picked up any books by K.M. Shea yet, you are seriously missing out!” – Darque Dreamer @ Darque Dreamer Reads