Book Review: The Fablecastle Chronicles by Trina Spillman

Title: The Fablecastle Chronicles

Author: Trina Spillman

Publisher: Trina Spillman

Publication Date: June 6, 2020

Genres: Romance

Shelves: Female-authored, female-fronted

Following on three short novellas where Maggie McCullough revealed the truth behind The Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, Hansel & Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Trina Spillman invites us into the magical world of her star reporter’s first novel-length adventure . . . which contains more than a few surprises.

The Fablecastle Chronicles takes Maggie and her boyfriend from the fairy tale realm to Earth, where she has been assigned to interview a very different sort of fictional/mythical character. Well-dressed, arrogant, and demanding, her assignment is none other than Lucifer himself – who claims to be an alien, with connections to the Lemurians of Atlantis, and possessed of all the secrets behind the snake, the ark, Jesus, the pyramids, and more. It is a crazy story, but a whole lot of fun, with an imaginative sci-fi take on mythology and history.

While there is some romance to the novel, the soft erotica of the shorter novellas is absent – which is fine, because there is more than enough mystery and drama to carry the novel. This was such a fun, fascinating read, with a whole host of characters surrounding Maggie to round out the story. Of course, there is an element of uncertainty to it all, what with Lucifer being the Prince of Lies, and with Maggie’s enchanted pen being able to detect such lies.

I love stories that subvert mythology and put a new spin on history, inserting some creativity (and even a little reason) into fables and myths that are so often taken (or dismissed) on faith. The Fablecastle Chronicles was not quite the book I expected after those first few short adventures, but it is a wonderful next evolution of the concept.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

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