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Riot Recommendation: New Takes on Old Stories

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

This round of Name That Author! is sponsored by The Well of Tears by Robert Trahan.

More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive.

Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin.

Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear—even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.


Writers love to reboot classic stories–we seem to be living in a golden age for this, and it’s pretty fun to watch. In the last couple years, we’ve seen re-workings of The Scarlet Letter, “Cinderella,” and pretty much everything Jane Austen ever wrote.

Today’s Riot Recommendation sponsor book is set 500 years after Camelot, and it has us wondering: what are your favorite new takes on old stories?