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First Line Friday 56

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books where you give the first line of a book. Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda’s Voice where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) and choose a passage to share. I use the same book for both with the cover and synopsis at the bottom of the page.

First Line

The Dark Fairy’s castle was eerily silhouetted against a tempestuous sky by a magnificent spiral of glowing green mist.

Page 56

Despite her penchant for bullying and her inflated sense of self, Merryweather was a good student. She spent her breaks in the courtyard studying and tutoring the other students. Maleficent thought she and the fairy could be friends- if Merryweather didn’t dislike her so much.

What’s the book?




Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino


The tale is told as if it’s happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince in the woods. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden finds out that she is a princess-a princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to protect her, the princess succumbs to the curse. But the power of good endures, as her true love defeats the fire-breathing dragon and awakens the princess with true love’s first kiss. The two live happily ever after.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.

I think my biggest interest with this particular Maleficent story (and as one can see with the Friday 56 passage) is the way the “good” fairies, especially Merryweather, were presented in such a negative way. What do you think about the way she’s described in the Friday 56 passage?

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