Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson (Published by Henry Holt, March 30, 2010)

Diribani never expected to meet a goddess at the village well, much less one who grants her a remarkable gift: flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she talks. Tana is happy for her beloved stepsister, yet when she encounters the goddess, she finds herself speaking snakes and toads.
While Diribani’s newfound wealth brings her a prince, Tana is chased out of the village because the province’s governor fears snakes, though thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As their fates hang in the balance, each sister struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love . . . or death?


I haven't read anything by Heather Tomlinson before but I love fairytale retellings and the setting for this one, which is based on pre-colonial India, sounds really interesting and unique.

2 comments:

Emma Michaels said...

Wow. That sounds like it will be amazing! Great choice. Now I can look forward to it with you!

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

Indian culture? A classic fairy tale? I'm sold!! :-)

 
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