5 Christian Fairy Tale Retellings

Christian Fantasy Fairy Tales

For some time, the subgenre of fairy tale retellings has thrived in the mainstream market, and I’m excited to see more of these sorts of stories appearing in the Christian market as well, since it’s a subgenre I enjoy reading and writing. If you like fairy tale retellings also, you may find something on the list below to catch your fancy.

CS Lakin

The Wolf of Tebron coverThe Wolf of Tebron (The Enchanted Pig)
All Joran wanted was to live a peaceful life in his forested village of Tebron. But when his wife, Charris, is captured by the Moon in a whisk of magic, he must go on a grueling journey to the four corners of the world to rescue her. On his way, he befriends a wolf named Ruyah who becomes a trusted companion while he solves riddles and eventually battles the Moon to save his wife.

The Map Across Time book coverThe Map Across Time (The Water of Life/Ivan and the Firebird)
The kingdom of Sherbourne is plagued by an ancient curse which must be halted before devastation results. The King’s twin teenagers, Adin and Aletha, use a magical map to go back in time to discover the origin of the curse and its cure, but everything goes awry. Can Adin manipulate events in the stream of time to assure the salvation of his kingdom?

The Land of Darkness book coverThe Land of Darkness (Snow White)
Twelve-year-old Jadiel is forced by her evil stepmother to fetch the rejuvenating leaves from the Eternal Tree by next full moon or her father will be killed. On her journey, she encounters Callen, her uncle’s apprentice, a young man looking for a mysterious bridge. Together they chase after confusing clues, which lead them into danger and ultimately the treacherous Land of Darkness. In the end, they find more than they are looking for. The Land of Darkness is a fairy tale rich in biblical allegory and points to the bridge that links the mortal with the immortal life—one that can be seen only with eyes of faith.

Adam McCune and Keith McCune

The Rats of Hamelin book coverThe Rats of Hamelin (Pied Piper)
The Rats of Hamelin blends history and fantasy to reshape the hazy legend of the pied piper. After six years as a piper’s apprentice, Hannes sets out on the mission that will make him a master in the guild. His orders seem simple enough: rid Hamelin of a plague of rats and use the reward money for a charitable cause. Simple indeed, until he discovers that the real rats of Hamelin aren’t the ones scurrying underfoot. Unsure who to count among his friends–the mayor’s beautiful daughter? a generous businessman? a precocious little girl? Hannes struggles against deadly enemies and thoughtless allies. Every step he takes comes down to a deceptively simple choice: when to show mercy and when to bring justice.

CS Lewis

Till We Have Faces book coverTill We Have Faces (Cupid and Psyche)
This tale of two princesses–one beautiful and one unattractive–and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis’s reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works.

If you’re interested in Christian fairy tale themed stories that aren’t direct retellings, you might try Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s fairy tales. And if you want to look outside the fantasy genre, Melanie Dickerson also writes Christian fairy tale retellings, but from a YA historical perspective.

Have you read any of these books? Are there other Christian fairy tale retellings that you recommend?

Comments

  • Jeff Chapman
    March 1, 2012 - 10:18 am · Reply

    Till We Have Faces is my favorite book by Lewis. If you want examples of how to retell an old tale, Till We Have Faces should be at the top of the list as it masterfully captures the truth and relevance of these ancient stories.

    • Sarah Sawyer
      March 2, 2012 - 1:09 pm · Reply

      It’s certainly a spectacular retelling–in fact, the first fairy tale retelling I ever read. It amazed me how Lewis could take an old tale, complete with the gods and goddess of ancient myth, and refashion it to communicate truth. Masterful is a good way to describe it!

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