For those of you who do not know what this is about. J.K. Rowling had recently taken to Twitter to announce that she will be writing and sharing a fairytale for free during this pandemic. Since the day of the announcement, a few chapters from the book are being released on the net. People from all around the world can have access to these chapters and can read the story to their kids. To know more about it, read this article.
Here is my take of the story:
The book is set in a tiny country called Cornucopia. Cornucopia is ruled by King Fred the fearless, a title that he gave to himself. It is a happy country filled with people who adore their king. But, being fearless does not mean that you are smart. There are two friends who pretend to be the king’s well-wishers but are really there to mooch off of him. Enter Lord Spittleworth and Lord Flapoon. Their intentions are pretty much clear from the first chapter itself and you will end up resenting them from the beginning. The pastries and desserts described in the story will make you want to devour them all! It will take you back to the time when you wanted to try the gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel.
As you continue reading the story you will realize that the people of Cornucopia are really nice and peaceful with everyone happy and content with what they have. But, there was a marshland in the northern part of the country. According to the people of Cornucopia, the only memorable thing that had ever come out of the Marshlands was the legend of the Ickabog. The legend had been passed down by generations of Marshlanders and spread by word of mouth all the way to Chouxville, the capital. Everybody knew the story. The monster was said to eat children and sheep. Sometimes it even carried off grown men and women who strayed too close to the marsh at night. Young children in the country are scared of the monster.
Daisy and Bert live right next to each other and are best friends, the parents of both the children work for the king. Daisy’s mother, Dora Dovetail, was the Head Seamstress of the palace. It was the king’s great fondness for finery that led to a nasty incident which was the beginning of all the troubles that were to engulf the kingdom. King Fred wanted a new outfit made when another King from a neighboring country wanted to visit him. King Fred had heard something about the Head Seamstress not being quite well, but he hadn’t paid much attention. Daisy’s mother passed away while making the special suit for the king. Things in the country were never the same again.
I will be writing more about the other chapters of the book in the coming days. You can check out the story here.