So here it is my illustration of Chapter 27 of Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale. The Rebels reception of Raven after Legacy Day is by far one of my favorite scenes on the books, plus I just love the clothing. Didn’t drew Cupid ‘cause in diary universe she hadn’t yet arrived at school plus we only got a fast glance at her outfit in the episode. Dexter is missing since he didn’t arrive yet.

Ever After High © 2015 Mattel 

EAH . I’m such a mess! . fanart by desearu

Raven, covered in dirt and un-princess-y sweat, fell down into a fern, gasping for breath.

“No…more…bug…spells,” Apple said, leaning over to catch her breath.

Raven nodded. She felt as grimly as a goblin tongue. Her hair was loose and tangled, full of twigs and leaves. Her clothes were ripped, her stockings full of burrs, and her boots muddy.

“I’m such a mess!” said Apple.

Raven glanced at Apple and did a double take. Apple’s blonde hair was still lightly curled and shiny. Her clothing was somehow perfectly clean but for one dry leaf clinging to her cloak, which Apple quickly plucked off. The only sign of their flight for life was a lovely rosy glow in Apple’s round cheeks.

Raven groaned and fell backward into the fern.

If you haven’t read the book yet, you should!


Raven Queen as the Black Swan.

So in the books the Evil Queen went “off script” and took over Sleeping Beauty’s story and Wonderland. (Instead of the Evil Fairy, the Evil Queen was the one who placed the curse on Sleeping Beauty and another curse for Wonderland) and even back when she was a little girl, Raven was already being bullied by Duchess Swan (The next Swan Queen) for being evil.

Here is Raven’s revenge on Duchess. She wants an evil queen..well she’s getting one. Raven Queen as the Black Swan. Making sure Duchess Swan doesn’t get a Happy Ending. Everyone knows Duchess will not get a Happy Ending but Raven’s going to make sure of it, by being the Black Swan herself..

Someone has to eventually tell her, so it’s Briar who finds Apple one morning with a face so grave she could be talking about a curse. At first, Apple is baffled. She can’t stop squirming.

 “No no no no no this isn’t how it is supposed to happen! it cant be!”

But Darling, sweet Darling who wasn’t even supposed to be a Prince in the first place, who had resigned to having no place in the Storybook of Legends, Darling was in absolute delight. She has a Princess promised to her. She has her own destiny, her purpose. Someone to protect for ever after…  

It’s weeks before they can look each other in the eye, even more time passes before they can talk to each other again. But Darling is so sincere, so sweet. The vows she makes!  On her knees! Like a true Prince, more Knightly and Brave than Daring ever dreamed to be. And Apple… All she wants is her happy ending. What else could she ask for in a Prince?

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Why you have to read the Shannon Hale EAH books:

  • the whole storyline is fucking great
  • beautifully written
  • makes you fall in love w/ your faves all over again
  • more characters than in the series
  • did I mention 3 entire books with RAPPLE FEELS??
  • no seriously those two beautiful lesbians go on adventures together and they’ll make you feel all the feels
  • just read the books okay?

Apple and the Evil Queen

I’m glad that we get to see some of the aftermath to the Royal/Rebel conflict, specifically about Apple dealing with the security of her destiny being gone. Having the knowledge that she could always rely on a happy, pre-determined fate was an enormous comfort for Apple, and she was raised to always strive for it. Ultimately, in WtW, she accepted that destroying the Storybook of Legends was the right thing to do, but that doesn’t mean she won’t have second thoughts, won’t be tempted to fall back on old desires, and the Evil Queen takes advantage of that. She also takes advantage of Apple’s insecurity that she’s not enough like her mother, something that could really help to push Apple’s development.