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- Publisher: Rowanwood Publishing, LLC (December 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2016
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Here are my reviews of individual stories:
"Beneath his Skin" by Heather Hayden: A selkie makes friends with a little human girl, but when the sea calls to him, he leaves, entrusting her with a magic that can bring him back every seven years. But when she uses the magic shortly after, he's captured. Well written story, though I thought the selkie was a little dense. 3.5/5
"Her Dearest Treasure by B.C. Marine: A retelling of "A Peasant's Wise Daughter," which is a pleasant surprise. I think I've only read one other retelling of that fairy tale, but it's such a good one. This version sticks pretty close to the original, with some magic to try and make the king have some motivation and not seem like such a jerk (always a hard thing to do with the kings). 3.5/5
"Daughter of the Air" by Renee Harvey: What happens when the Little Mermaid is turned into a creature of the air and must help people for 300 years before gaining a soul? This story explores one of her encounters, but it brings her too close for comfort to her past. 3/5
"Rose and Thorn" by Allie May: A modern interpretation of the Disney movie "Sleeping Beauty." Kind of odd that it used the Disney movie and not the fairy tale. 2.5/5
"The Bear in the Forest" by Kelsie Engen: A retelling of "Snow White and Rose Red." Two sisters are keepers of a forest, but after freeing a giant bear from a trap, they realize something weird is going on. Good tale. 4/5
"Mother's Gift" by Corinne Morier: A modern reinterpretation of "The Goose Girl." 2/5
"The Goose and His Girl" by Lynden Wade: Inspired by "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." This one was cute. A witch flees from a group of angry villagers, when a goose lands and speaks to her. She rides the talking goose far away, and the two fall in love. It's a unique retelling, and I thought it may have been inspired by an alternate version of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. 4/5
"The Princess of Atlantilus" by J.L. Bernard: A retelling of "The Little Mermaid." When a mermaid is kidnapped, a prince faces a difficult decision. 1.5/5
"Kris and Krampus" by Louise Ross: Its inspiration should be obvious by its title. Kris (good ole Santa) decides to go out in public, but finds himself surrounded by naughty children. Unfortunately, children influence his own personality. Cute idea. 3/5
"The Glass Maker" by Mckayla Eaton: A retelling of "Cinderella." This one's my favorite of the collection. A female general needs to find a husband, and a bastard, talented glass maker a purpose. At a masked ball, they meet, and both find an unexpected love, but not without complications. 4/5
"The Guardian's Secret" by Julian Elliot: A retelling of "Urashima Taro." So the day before I read this, I was telling my husband this fairy tale after we went and saw The Red Turtle. And then I got to the end, and forgot what was in the box! Glad I read this so I could tell my husband the end. :) 3/5
"The Miller's Daughter" by Katelyn Barbee: A retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin." As 99.99% of this tale's retellings go, Rumpelstiltskin got the short end of the stick in the Grimm's version of the tale. 2.5/5
"The Female Warrior" by Matthew Dewar: A retelling of "Mulan." The twist on this one is that it's happening in some kind of apocalypse. 2.5/5
This short story collection was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
'From the Stories of Old' is one of the best Fairy Tale anthologies I've read. Each story was fabulously written, touching my heart and leaving a lasting impression.
'The Miller's Daughter' by Katelyn Barbee is one of my favorites in the anthology. Instead of the usual story from the perspective of the girl forced to weave straw into gold, Ms. Barbee narrates the story from the POV of a young soldier in love with her. And believe me, this really changes things and makes an already charming fairy tale into something wonderful.
'The Female Warrior' by Matthew Dewar is another favorite of mine. It's a really well-written retelling of Mulan with a twist. I loved how it ended and the message it conveyed.
Most of my friends know that I'm a fan of lived-happily-forever-after kind of stories. But 'Beneath His Skin' by Ms. Heather Hayden hooked me despite the tragic, yet sweet, ending. Now it's one of the very few tragedies that I actually like.
I also loved Rose and Thorn, a modern take on Sleeping Beauty by Allie May. Especially her explanation on the source of magic and the surprise at the end.
Her Dearest Treasure by BC Marine was a treat to the mind. I loved the riddles offered by the king and the simple, yet profound answers given by the farmer's girl.
The Bear in the Forest by Kelsie Engen had a whimsical tone that really brought the forest and story to life.
All-in-all, I found this to be a very enjoyable read, an anthology where the authors seem to have put a lot of effort into creating fabulous stories and ensuring great quality.
If you're looking for some fun that will make you rethink some favorite stories--and introduce you to some new ones--you'll like this anthology.
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