Book Review: Transparency

Transparency, by Sonya Writes

[Note: This book was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.]

Transparency is the next of a series of short novels (or long short stories) in the author’s fairy tales retold series [1]. This story was a hard one for me to read in many ways. Like most of the stories of the series, it is told about princes and kingdoms, where the fate of a realm (usually unspecified) depends on the wisdom and decency of young people acting in an upright and moral fashion, where strange gifts and dark plots intersect to make the quests of life, like the quest of courtship to find the right partner. All of these elements are ones that bring more than a little bit of stress and difficulty to my own life, and yet they are a major part of such fairy tales, which help demonstrate the enduring relevance of juvenile literature for adult life, because areas like trust and love remain important throughout one’s life.

Perhaps it is the plot and characters that make this story difficult. Adah is the daughter of a man and woman who waited a long time for a child, and was given a gift of discerning character, so long as no one knew about that gift. She made friends with a slightly less clever girl named Danya, and they grow up being a bit silly and adventuresome. Meanwhile, Prince Nathanael grows up far from home, and as a young adult is looking for a wife. Of course, he does so without a great deal of trust, and so he plots to disguise himself as a mere servant so as to know that anyone interested in him will not be a gold-digging conniving witch, while his servant Zared pretends to be prince. Of course, everything goes horribly wrong and Zared plots to take over the throne himself, even as Nathanael and Adah fall in love and Nathanael gets thrown in prison. One can imagine how this plot and characterization could be somewhat troubling.

As far as fairy tales retold go, this is one that strikes close to something that is realistically possible. Discerning characters, suspicion about lovers and potential lovers, disguise, plotting and conniving, and problems involving politics and romance are not unrealistic problems to deal with in life. As such, this is a book that even with its clear fairy tale genre elements strikes a realistic tone that is likely to be of interest to people who would not ordinarily think of themselves as fans of fairy tales. Some readers may even be likely to see a little bit of their own lives and struggles in the story. Perhaps that was not entirely unintentional, in writing a story that would be relatable to others, in ways that are not usually to be expected.

[1] See, for example:

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