Author: Chanda Hahn
Narrator: Jesse Vilinsky
Audiobook Length: 10 hours 33 minutes
Something evil this way comes.
7 Vengeful Sisters
7 Fairytale Kingdoms
7 Daughters of Eville
High in goblin infested mountains lies the ruins of Ter Dell, the lost stronghold of the dwarves. Evil lurks beneath layers of ice and broken stone, buried in a vault of gold, hungering for the day that man’s greed would see it unearthed.
That day has come.
For I am Rheanon, one of the adoptive daughters of Lady Eville—and I’m trapped in a web of deceit with the King’s deadly blades-enchanted beings that guard the king and hunt those with magic.
Beset by enemies, I must use my gift of alchemy to forge a sentient blade with ancient knowledge and a sharp edge. I needed a powerful weapon. I got a giant pain in the axe.
Of Gold and Greed is the sixth novel in the Daughters of Eville series. Each story tells the journey of one of the seven adopted daughters of Lady Eville and is a retelling of a fairy tale. This novel follows Rhea and is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. After the ending of the previous novel, I was curious at the direction the final two novels will take. This story is a slightly different style compared to the other stories, which was refreshing as seven novels in a series can become boring if they are all too similar.
Rhea is sent by Lady Eville to the kingdom of Kiln where she begins her quest in the former manor of the Lady. During her first night she encounters a mysterious stranger, Kash, who snuck into the manor to escape the snowstorm. Along with the mystery of Kash, Rhea discovers that gold is corrupting the people of Kiln. The story follows Rhea as she tries to avoid the King, who is after anyone with magic, plus try to break the curse of the gold.
As with the other novels in the series, a romance forms between Kash and Rhea. While their romance was sweet, it was a little rushed. I wish there was a little more exploration for them to develop feelings for each other compared to the insta-love the story delivered. Kash himself was an excellent character as he was a great warrior, caring, and very witty. His banter with the other characters and in his remarks in general were all enjoyable. As this story is a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, there is a character of that name in the writing; however, he is a new version. His persona makes perfect sense to the story, but he was not a copy of the source material.
The adventure in this story was very captivating. There are some tie-ins to the rest of the series, but this one seemed to stand on its own at the same time. I still am glad that I read the rest of the series before this one, but I can see someone reading this as a standalone and enjoying it. Similar to the last story where Rhea made an appearance, the final daughter, Honor, makes an appearance in this story. As both Rhea and Honor aren’t huge characters in the previous novels, it was amazing to get to know Rhea in this one and I cannot wait to read Honor’s story next!