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- Print Length: 320 pages
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- Publisher: Prime Books (September 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JJ7IBS2
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- Lending: Enabled
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Each story has a strong heroine that will not let anyone get her down . She is a strong character and will triumph over the evil that is coming for her . Bluebeards Daughter I think is my favourite story out of them all . The tension between the characters and the ending really just blew me away. But that happened with each story I read .
So if you like a book that has magic brooms. dresses and so much more . With reoccurring characters that you will either love or hate . And you love scary retelling of fairy tales . This is the book for you , Check it out .
A Feast of Sorrows is a collection of dark fairy tales. Some are retellings of fairy tales we all know, some are more loosely based on known tales, and some are completely new. I’m not kidding about the darkness (trigger warning: everything you can think of, and then some), yet they are moving, and strikingly written without being overly ornate.
Reading Dellamonica’s review before I read the book, I think, helped me notice one of the common threads that tie the stories together: the magic of craft, especially those crafts that are traditionally thought of as “women’s work.” The book is full of magic bread, magic dresses, magic candles, and the like, and when you notice them here, you also start realizing how common this theme is in the original fairy tales in the first place.
The other common thread is the world in which the tales are set. Most are set in the same kingdom, some in the neighboring lands, but not in the same time period — so you might find, in one tale, a previous heroine’s story elevated to legend, or you might stumble across her weathered tombstone.
The final three stories, “The Tallow-Wife,” “What Shines Brightest Burns Most Fiercely,” and “Bearskin,” are longer and more closely linked than the others, centering on a single family. Slatter leaves the narrative hanging in a weird place at the end of this trio, which threatened to affect my enjoyment of the book, until I read the Afterword and learned that these stories will be part of an upcoming book, The Tallow-Wife and Other Tales. And also that most of the other stories are from larger collections too! So this is really the Sampler Platter of Sorrows, and I have a backlist to devour.
I appreciate that all of the protagonists (not always the heroes) are women and that they need to be quick witted and strong in multiple ways. I loved that one of the characters that pops up in multiple short stories is a lesbian (though am horribly disappointed that she's also shown to be equally as deviant as a pedophile mentioned in a latter story). So, why three stars? Because there were some real gems that had potential. I loved The Coffin-maker's Daughter until we realize what sort of collection she holds (from a different story). I love the concept of there being a School for Poison Girls. Bluebeard's Daughter was absolutely fantastic! But the rest, either seemed too identical to stories heard before (especially the Rumpelstiltskin 'retelling') or just didn't seem to matter.
There is no doubt that she is a good author, A Feast of Sorrows by Angela Slatter simply did not capture my attention the way I wish it had. The way the cover made me wish to be whisked away by these short stories. If you're looking for another collection of short stories and retellings that really left me with a great impression, perhaps try Wishes and Sorrows (Myth and Magic).
// I received this title for free //