A Feast of Sorrows by Angela Slatter ★★★☆☆
Published: 4th October 2016
Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy
I received this in exchange for an honest review from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley. All opinions are my own
A Feast of Sorrows is a collection of dark fairy tales by Australian author Angela Slatter. The stories range from a straight up retelling of Rumplstilskin, to a story inspired by iconic fairy tales plots (think poisoned apples and houses made of sweets), to stories more reminiscent of fantasy novels.
This is definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of fairy tales. While there are some very familiar references through the stories, there is also a very dark twist running through the collection. Angela Slatter has a wonderfully whimsical way of writing, which contrasts brilliantly with some of the darker sides of the story.
There was a range of stories lengths, but overall Slatter managed to create enough of a world and atmosphere to suck you into the story (in fact I would love to see the story St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls rewritten as a full length novel).
As usual with a short story collection, I liked some stories more than others. Along with St Dymphna’s, I also really loved Dresses, Three and Bluebeard’s Daughter.
Warning for abuse
A Feast of Sorrows will be published 4th October 2016 by Prime Books