Magic is long dead in Twelve Realms, a peaceful kingdom where the dark arts were once as normal as the seasons. At least this is what most believed until the life of a princess becomes the obsession of a man who defies time by stealing the one thing that sustains his life: true beauty.
Princess Caityn is more than a pretty face. Her beauty runs soul deep, and because of this, her life is priceless to the thief. On the eve of her wedding to the high prince, Caityn is attacked by his powerful dark magic, leaving her a wretched hag with a soul so empty even she barely recognizes herself.
But it’s not too late. Her betrothed and a group of loyal knights might be able to save her from a living death, but it will take more than a kiss to rescue this princess. Love means sacrifice.
What will those who profess to love Caityn be willing to sacrifice to save her life? Time is not on their side. Doubt is a strong enemy, and the thief knows exactly how to use it to his advantage.
It was the amazing cover, created by Rachael herself, that compelled me to read The Beauty Thief, a modern, yet classical fairy-tale with a nasty twist.
This is the authors first novel and intelligently written. It soon grabbed me by the back of my neck as the tension develops.
Although it has a typical beginning for a fairy tale, a handsome prince and princess, the story builds into a fascinating yet disturbingly dark world.
Such is the quality of the writing and the spell cast by the characters, I knew I was in for one hell of a ride. All of the characters come alive with complex emotions, wit, and charm, especially Caityn, the main character. She handles her sad fate with such dignity.
This story ends with a great cliff-hanger, reminding us that there will be more to come.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Beauty Thief and look forward to the next book in the series.
About the Author
Rachael Ritchey is a writer and book designer for indie authors. She mainly writes YA fantasy fiction, but you can find her dabbling in sci-fi and contemporary genres too. She has a passion for beautiful books, so book cover and interior designing are high on her list of enjoyable hobbies. When she’s not writing, working on design, spending time with her four kids and husband, home-schooling her youngest, reading a book, or watching movies, Rachael can be found enjoying one of the many beautiful lakes of the Inland Northwest or hiking in the woods of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.
Rachael Ritchey was born and raised in Northern Idaho with a short, seven-year stint in scenic SE Alaska. Inspiration from the picturesque places she grew up has played a huge part in her imagining of the fantasy world she created.
The Beauty Thief is the first book in her YA series called Chronicles of the Twelve Realms. While she considers the book’s fantasy because of some of the elements of the stories, they read more like historical fiction. Book two is on its way to completion. She also has a middle-grade book started that she hopes to find time to finish, too!
Rachael is an everyday wife and mother who writes books she would want to read; she writes stories she’s proud to share with her kids and you. While her goal is to entertain, she also wants to use her writing to inspire courage and compassion.
Being an author, sharing her stories, is about more than selling books. If you want to contact Rachael, you can find her at
on Twitter: @RachaelRitchey
on Facebook: WritingRaci
or Goodreads: Rachael Ritchey