Blanche finds herself entirely on her own in New York City and her summer job inadvertently brings her a jealous enemy and unsuspected terror. She tries to disappear among seven Franciscan friars who work with the homeless, but peril finds her even there as she struggles to console a dying man. Meanwhile Bear and Fish cut short their European trip once they learn that Blanche has vanished. Back in New York City they soon encounter a hidden malice stalking them as they (along with Rose and her mother) launch a Sherlockian search for Blanche. The suspense and fast-paced action continue in this second book of the Fairy Tale Novels series - a modern retelling of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves.
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Posted by Jamie H. on 14th Aug 2016
I really enjoyed this second book. They keep getting better. Ms. Doman created such a great story and mystery around the Snow White fairytale. I loved the added touch of 7 Friars. I appreciated how well she created 3 different viewpoints without it being confusing. Not an easy task. This also dealt well with the idea of commitment and what it really means. Great book. Time to go order the third!
Posted by on 29th Aug 2014
Occasionally I very generously loan my Fairy Tale Novels to some one. Sometimes that someone doesn't return them. This happened 4 years ago to my copy of Black as Night. I bought it on my kindle so that I could still read the story, but there's nothing like having a hard copy. Finally, this month I caved and ordered myself a new one. Naturally, I proceeded to reread it.
This story gets better every time! I love the imagery and the way the story is from three viewpoints. I love how the mystery unravels. Best of all I love the character transformations of the three narrators. It's a great book about self knowledge and the power of self deceit (most obvious in Mr. Fairston). And of course, I love the scenes featuring winsome Mr. Fish and his good, helpful redhead. Dare I join the ranks of people crying for more stories about them!?!?!?
Perhaps the best part of my new copy of Black as Night was the surprise I got when I turned to the title page. My new copy was autographed by Regina Doman herself!!!!! Happiness complete!
Posted by Sarah Peffer on 13th Feb 2014
I love how this novel deals with the issue of commitment, whether it be Leon's committment to God to become a priest, Bear's committment to Blanche, or Blanche's committment to care for a dying man. Bear is in love with Blanche, but still struggles finding his place in his drastically-changing life, and he feels himself to be unworthy of her. Blanche is afraid to admit that she loves Bear, because she is unsure of his path in life. She is afraid of rejection, and so she tries to learn how to live without him. Danger comes when Blanche is targeted by a jealous rich woman causing the frightened girl to take refuge in a monastery with seven friars, real characters every one of them. Through Blanche's interaction with them, and the danger that she and Bear must face together, they both realize that what God wants for their lives can only be accomplished if they face it together. A romantic book... a lost princess... a prince who will stop at nothing to find her... and an evil witch.... the stuff of legend!