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The first that struck a chord in me was Red Snow, by Debra Goelz. This is a true fairy tale, harsh, violent, magical, and mysterious. Children are disappearing in the forest, for reasons both frightening and sinister. I wanted to know more about Daphne, and why she was tied to the forest as she was. Eugene, the man who’d been changed to a snake, was really intriguing also. Goelz presents the situation, doling out information in just the right bits so that when the final denouement comes it is both in keeping with the tone of the tale and satisfying.
The second story that resonated and left me thinking was Faun, by Gavin Hetherington. Faun is another fairy tale, this one featuring a boy of sixteen, who is on a Christmas vacation at a cabin the woods with his family. Freddie is at odds with them over something that fundamental to him but which deeply offends his father and has been ostracized. After a quarrel at dinner he runs away into a blizzard, finding his way to a nearby village. What he finds in the village is both moving and heartwarming.
The third story that I want to talk about is by one of my favorite authors, Shaun Allan. The fact that his work was featured in this anthology was why I purchased it in the first place. Wings is a journey into despair and the need to be loved. Megan has been given a second chance, and opportunity to bring love into people’s lives and change the world. But her own emotional pain is too much and she begins to find satisfaction in bringing misery to the world. Shaun Allan has a knack for getting deep into the dark corners of the human psyche, which is why this tale resonates with me and why I seek out his work. What begins as a quest for personal revenge soon takes a form Megan is completely unprepared for, threatening the world she knows, and deep inside, still loves. Allan illustrates the growing darkness of Megan’s soul and a rising sense of doom with a deft hand, illuminating the darker places in our own souls, the places we would prefer not to look.
I enjoyed this anthology from start to finish and highly recommend it.
I found myself stumbling upon an opportunity to receive an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this anthology for an honest review and could not refuse! Having previously read a handful of some of these author's works before, I knew I was in for a treat! I boy was did I get loaded with amazing prose, beautiful stories, and wishing there was more once hitting the end!!! With personal writing flair contributed to each story, I loved the clip introduction into authors I'd never read from.
For overall I give SNOW a 4/5 stars for overall comprehension, writing mechanics (literary elements/devices usage), and enjoyment.
Edgy, forbidden love? check
Isolated cabin? check
Short, wonderful tales with all of the above? check
As others have already mentioned the concept is simple, each story turns around a cabin in a wintry landscape and a forbidden love, just the sort of collection to warm you up during a chilly evening!
Each is entirely unique, with a different voice and take on the situation - the whimsical fairy-tale retelling Red Snow, the haunting story Fawn, or the deliciously forbidden Unexpected Love. Truly, there are stories in here to make all romance readers swoon!
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