Book Review: A Feast of Sorrows

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A Feast of Sorrows by Angela Slatter ★★★☆☆

Published: 4th October 2016

Format: eBook/NetGalley

Pages: 299

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.

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A Feast of Sorrows will be published 4th October 2016 by Prime Books

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