About The Darkest Curse: A Rapunzel retelling
Annice’s hair is cursed.
It kills every other living thing it touches.
And no one knows the cure.
Locked away in a tower ever since she can remember, Annice longs to be free to travel and live a normal life. But she knows the outside world must be protected from her, as her mother Gothel always reminds her. She’s even tried cutting her hair off, but the dark magic means it always grows back with a vengeance. Annice passes her days playing music, with only limited visits from her mother.
When the handsome, well-travelled bard Cyrus passes her tower and hears her playing her lyre, Annice knows she shouldn’t get involved with him. But his lifestyle and adventure stories draw her in, and she soon finds herself longing more fiercely for a life outside. When she begins a fresh search for answers about her curse, she unravels a web of deceit that will change everything she thought she knew about love and family.
This novella introduces a series of standalone fairytale retellings set in the world of Nethervale. The Darkest Curse is a Rapunzel retelling with a sweet love story, cosy vibes, and a splash of darkness and adventure.
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Rachel Rowlands is an author and freelance editor from North West England, and holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. She's worked on around two hundred books for publishing houses (including some of the largest in the UK), as well as for independent authors.
Rachel grew up playing video games like the Final Fantasy series, and devouring any book she could get her hands on. She is the author of the Nethervale series of fairytale retellings, including The Darkest Curse and The Wicked Prince, and the gothic fantasy novel In the Dreaming Deep. When she's not writing or editing, she's spending time with her husband and their cats, playing video games, or posting too much on Instagram.