Fairest by K.S. Trenten is a lesbian fairy tale that’s loosely a dark love triangle between Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella. Well, not quite a triangle—giving away too many details would spoil some of the intricate weaving of the piece, which the reader unwraps scene by scene. The characters might be favorite myths but the plot the author came up with is entirely new, delving into themes of toxic relationships, forgiveness, and, well, girls kissing.
There’s no sex on the page but there’s sensuality all over the place—the Snow White character definitely tripped my beloved Sad Brunette archetype—pretty girls in pretty dresses dealing with magic and anger and regret and love.
If you’re looking for a fairy tale that ends with princesses together destined to rule as joint queens—and I like the way the author created a universe in which “It’s been centuries since a woman has married another woman” rather than taking it for granted that this made-up world was just like ours—this is going to be a good bet for you because the pain and drama of the plot does earn our heroine a happy sapphic ending. And I do hope the author’s use of the name Harold for the one voice of dissension at their plans was an intentional reference to the Harold, They’re Lesbians meme, because HAHAHAHHA.