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Review:Unwritten Curse says:
Oh my word. I am smitten.

This story is so unique! I immediately knew I had to read it as soon as I saw it was about the Fat Lady, because I'd never seen anything quite like it. And I am SO glad I did. I love love love anything written about this particular era, and the period details are just perfect. Not only have you done your research, you present the details in such a delightful way. Your writing is truly beautiful. I particularly liked this line: "A poet who lived long ago, he explained, claimed to memorialize his lover through ink and parchment, embodying the loverís memory in poetry to defeat the curse of time and keep the loverís beauty immortal." It's a beautiful sentiment and so craftily worded. I am envious of your talent.

And OH such creativity! I love the notion that only the portraits painted by the most skilled hands and the most expensive materials are able to move and speak. And I thoroughly enjoyed the idea that traveling from portrait to portrait could be dangerous (the story of the dragon was genius).

And the characters themselves! It's so ironic that the portraits seem more alive than the characters themselves, who are so wrapped up in unnecessary wigs and gowns for balls and treats and entirely frivolous things. And the Fat Lady is in awe of a simple, golden cup. Though she is a painting of a living woman, she has a personality all her own. I thoroughly enjoyed that. Every detail fits in perfectly and adds to this world you have created--a world inside a world, I suppose you could say.

Brilliant. I absolutely have to read more.


Author's Response: Hello :)

Wow, this review and the others you left me are just amazing. Thank you!

I'm glad you found it unique- that's just how I felt a story about the Fat Lady should be. I love this era too, so I'm really pleased to hear you thought I did it justice. It's so lovely to hear you liked that line- it was supposed to be a reference to Shakespeare's sonnets to the young man. :)

It's wonderful to know you found the descriptions of life as a portrait to be creative. I really enjoyed imagining the portrait lore and how things would work. And yes! There would definitely be some dangers, and I'm pleased you liked the dragon- I couldn't resist the dragon.

I really like your observation on the portraits being more alive than the characters- it's entirely true. The Lady and Jeremiah are far more virtuous and good than their real-life counterparts, in my opinion. I wanted her to be similar yet separate from the true Lady, and it's lovely to know you liked learning about her world.

Thank you so much for this very thoughtful and wonderful review! It was a real pleasure to read. :)

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