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October 25, 2019

Before The Shire or Narnia came, there was Lud-in-the-Mist. Published in 1926, this is the oldest fairy tale novel I've reviewed to date—almost a century old! But it has unobtrusively stood the test of time, and undoubtedly influenced a new generation of fantasy author...

September 25, 2019

A century-long winter, a poor woodcutter and his family, an overlooked daughter without a name, I can feel a fairy tale coming on, and it's a retelling of one of my favourites – East of the Sun, West of the Moon

A woodcutter fears that his wife's refusal to name h...

August 25, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of ten short stories, each one beautifully written with a gentle twist or a fresh perspective on a well-known fairy tale.

In The Tower and the Bird, twin siblings strive to release a captive bird but the bird has been...

July 25, 2019

This book was so much fun! A kingdom beset by a marauding dragon, a sleeping princess waiting to be rescued, glass slippers, a troupe of performing dwarves, balls, battles, and a not-so-charming prince—this book has got all my favourite fairy-tale tropes and characters...

June 25, 2019

Oh wow! this was a gripping story that kept me hooked from the first line. I loved the settings of a fairy kingdom of endless winter, and a parallel human one reminiscent of pre-revolutionary Russia, I loved the lyrical language and the layering of themes, but most of...

May 25, 2019

As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover of this book, I knew it was going to be a good read. However, I shouldn’t have read it in late May. It should have been read in midwinter; preferably with a snowstorm howling outside and a blazing log fire, steaming hot tea, fluffy b...

April 25, 2019

So, it’s easy to guess from the title that this is a Cinderella retelling. It’s fairly short – novella length – but it packs a lot into its 144 pages, both in external story, and the internal journey of Eugenie, the Cinderella of the tale.

All the familiar motifs are pr...

March 25, 2019

Young Prince Sigismund leads a sheltered life, growing up in an isolated castle while his father fights campaigns abroad. He reads of Arthurian legends and dreams of a life of heroism and knight-errantry beyond the castle walls he is not allowed to leave. He also has a...

February 25, 2019

Sometimes you just want to snuggle down with a nice sweet fairy tale, and Levine is one author I turn to when I need a bit of story-comfort. Although written 13 years ago, Fairest is as relevant today in its themes of female beauty and self-esteem as it ever has been,...

January 25, 2019

At last the king and queen have their long-wished-for child, and no less than twenty-one fairy godmothers will be at the baby princess’s name-day to give their blessings. But one wicked fairy was not invited, and she is flaming mad about it…

In the world of Spindle's En...

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