Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Rumaysa Ever After by Radiya Hafiza & illustrated by Rhaida El Touny ~ Blog Tour

Return to a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible . . . Rumaysa: Ever After is the enchanting sequel to Radiya Hafiza’s Rumaysa: A Fairytale – a gorgeously empowering and funny story that spins the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fiercest one of all?

Rumaysa is a strong and feisty hero. So self-assured and focussed on what she wants to achieve, she will stop at nothing to reach her goals – primarily to find her parents and return home.

Kidnapped by a witch when she was a baby, Rumaysa was trapped in a tower for 12 years. Now that she’s escaped and defeated the evil Cordelia, she’s using the power of her purple onyx necklace to lead her to “the one most in need.” She hopes with everything inside her that it will take her to her parents.

On her travels, she comes across all sorts of people in need: Sleeping Sarah, Little Red Riding Hood and a man trapped in a cave of wonders. These delightful twists on classic fairytales lead us right to the apple-themed home of Saira White and her brother Aydin – the stepchildren of the notorious wicked witch. Not everything is as it seems and with the help of the talking mirror, Rumaysa realises who it is that most needs her help.

Readers will love adventuring with Rumaysa to explore what happened next once Snow White defeated her wicked stepmother and she returned home to rule the kingdom. The castle is full of mysteries and Rumaysa must work out who is telling the truth. Will she be defeated by The Winged Beast of Bishnara or will Rumaysa make it home to her parents?

Rumaysa Ever After and its predecessor, Rumaysa: A Fairy Tale, have been beautifully illustrated by Rhaida El Touny. Each black and white drawing brings an extra layer to readers’ understanding and allows them to picture Rumaysa as she travels from kingdom to kingdom.

Celebrating Indian culture through details of food, clothing, prayer and traditions, these well-known stories fit right into this new setting. Rumaysa’s adventures are empowering and fun, allowing a whole new generation to see themselves as the heroes of classic fairytales.

Thank you to Laura Smythe PR and Macmillan Children’s Books for this wonderful book! Be sure to check out the other posts on the blog tour.

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