Written by Annie Bellet
Peel: This is a fantasy short story collection, with a bonus of the first five chapters of A Heart in Sun and Shadow.
All of the stories are packed with lovely imagery and imagination. Bellet’s language was playful throughout and fun to read. A few of the stories were on the darker side, especially River Daughter, which balanced out all the whimsical fantasy. My favorite story of the collection was “The Scent of Sunlight”. All together the collection was a little under a hundred pages, and a quick read.
Though the characters were interesting, there wasn’t quite enough space to really deepen them. For that reason, some of the endings didn’t really feel satisfying. I would be interested in checking out this author’s longer works, a novel and a couple novellas, to see if everything comes together. From what I read of A Heart in Sun and Shadow, that looks promising.
Nibble: “She was always hungry these days, her little Truc consuming everything as soon as it entered her body and then kicking for more.”
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a few darker fairy tales.
My Rating: 7 out of 10 slippery golden apples
I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.