The Beast's Heart: A Novel of Beauty and the Beast (Paperback)

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For anyone who enjoys "Beauty and the Beast" -you'll love The Beast's Heart. This is a return to the original fairy tale not the Disney version. Told from the perspective of the Beast this story takes you on a journey that not many people dwell on; how Beast actually became the beast and how Beauty changed his life. Wonderfully well done and will make you feel as if you are entering a truly magical fairy tale. Shades of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters mix with original, classic fairy tales to create something both highly original and completely classic at the same time.



A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France—and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both. I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse....

About the Author

Leife Shallcross lives at the foot of a mountain in Canberra, Australia, with her family and a small, scruffy creature that snores. She is the author of several short stories, including "Pretty Jennie Greenteeth," which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story. The Beast's Heart is her first novel.

Praise For…

Praise for The Beast’s Heart

“A vividly written, emotional text.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Poetical, imaginative, and inventive.”—New York Journal of Books

“What a delight! This is a beautifully crafted, deeply romantic reworking of the fairy tale.”—Juliet Marillier, author of the Blackthorn & Grim series

“A lush retelling of my favorite fairytale classic. Beautiful, poignant, and enchanting...Leife Shallcross’s Beast shines.”—C. L. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Sea King

“Glorious....retells Beauty and the Beast in a compelling and surprising novel filled with peril, darkness, romance and beauty.”—Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl

“Utterly beautiful....Gorgeous writing, magical romance at its best.”—Sam Hawke, author of City of Lies

"Leife Shallcross weaves her words like a fairytale nothing you've read.”—Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings

Product Details
ISBN: 9780440001775
ISBN-10: 0440001773
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
Pages: 416