2020 · fantasy

Rant review: The Storyteller’s Daughter by Victoria McCombs

Title: The Storyteller’s Daughter

Author: Victoria McCombs

Purchase: Amazon


His shadowed face lit by flames,
Rumpelstiltskin is my name…

For as long as anyone can remember, every child in Westfallen has been born with a Gift, and these Gifts defined them.

Then Cosette is born, Giftless.

An attempt to hide her misfortune brings her before the King, who entraps her to use her Gift as a pawn in his war.

Caught in a lie, Cosette desperately searches for a power strong enough to free her. Intrigued by whispers of an old king and a dark curse, she calls upon Rumpelstiltskin and finds him trapped in a magic deeper than she bargained for. Now, Cosette must fight to reclaim her freedom from the King and break Rumpel’s curse. When time runs out, she’ll lose more than her heart. She’ll lose her life.

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

This was one of my most anticipated reads this summer, however, it turned out to be the biggest disappointment.

I am a sucker for good fairytale retellings, especially when it comes to stories that are not as common. I’m bored of Cinderella retellings already but Rumpelstiltskin is something new to me. I’ve recently read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, which is also the retelling of the same story and I loved that one. It was a perfect mysterious fairy tale retelling with a bit of romance in it. And this was just… meh.

The first 100 pages were amazing. It tells a story of a world where every person is born with a gift. Cosette, Storyteller’s daughter, is the only one without a gift. Only when her father tells a story about how she can spin straw into gold, everyone starts believing that it’s her gift. And to save her own head from the ruthless king. she forms a relationship with magical king Rumpelstiltskin who spins all the gold for her.

The premise of the book is amazing and I just couldn’t wait to read it. But in reality I had many problems.

First of all, our main character Cosette is one of the least interesting heroines I’ve read of. She has this vanilla persona that makes even the most interesting thing boring as hell. Worst of all, the story is written from her point of view so I had to read her train of thoughts. I don’t know how it’s possible for such a boring person to get into a love square (because 3 men fell for her!), it’s so unrealistic. Her sister was so much more energetic and fearless that I wished she were the main character. She doesn’t know how to fight for herself and does’t even try…

The other thing is the fact that the storyline is very flat. There are not really a lot of things happening besides the gold-weaving and occasionally Cosette changing her mind about who she likes. That girl doesn’t know what she wants and can’t even decide if she likes a guy or not. She acts like a stupid teenager even though she’s almost 20 and can’t think with her own head.

I did like Rumpel and he was the only thing I was looking forward to while reading this book. I wish there was more about his life after the magic took him because it was only briefly described. Also, his and Cosette’s romance was so weird and it happened all of the sudden. I wish they fell in love slowly throughout the book and that it wasn’t brought on us so suddenly.

The ending was so rushed and awkward, it felt like a 13 year old was trying to finish her Wattpad fanfiction and didn’t know how to wrap up everything that was started so it ended up being a mish-mash of everything. I was cringing so hard I had to skip through the last 50 pages and I glad I did because I would’ve lost my sanity. And what’s the thing with the riddle about King’s name, you could clearly find it in any book so why was it a mystery?

All in all a big sad disappointment. I’m searching for a good retelling so if you know any please leave your suggestions in the comments down below. This was a harsh review but when I don’t like something I don’t. However, that might not be the case for everyone so feel free to read this book because you might actually like it. Of course if you already read it, leave your impressions down below!

Happy reading!

8 thoughts on “Rant review: The Storyteller’s Daughter by Victoria McCombs

  1. Eh, it’s so sad when the main heroine is just a lamp (as I call them). A piece of furniture that has no agenda of their own. Personality is a nice trait to have. I read a retelling of Snow White where she was a vampire. That was interesting. But I don’t know any of Rumpelstiltskin. I don’t read many retellings at all. I prefer original stories in general. The last retelling I read was a Cinderella version in modern times but where Cinderella was a gay boy instead, and the fairy godmother was a drag queen. 😛 Fun concept, not too well developed/written though.

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  2. I read this one a few weeks ago, and I loved it! But I can totally see what you mean and why you don’t like it. In February, the second book is releasing, from her sisters point of view. So maybe you’ll like that more!

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