This collection of Ms. Black shows her to be a master of the short story as well as novels. Betrayal, love, jealousy and fear are given sharp edges; Mr. Black understands that even love can wound. Turn the pages and enter worlds of furious werewolves, poisonous maidens and ailing vampires. Here are stories that are eerily beautiful, even when they portray degradation or horror. They are full of surprises, twists of fate that trap the reader as easily as they do their victims. Great and terrifying stuff.
Incredibly imaginative and inventinve collection of short stories from Holly Black. Yes, it is tricky to master the short story, but I believe she's done it with this collection. Perhaps some of the stories were not quite up to par, but the ones that are more than make up for it. Great read for faerie (or fairy) lovers!
Black's first collection of short stories disappoints somewhat, or perhaps it's because I loved Tithe, Ironside and Valiant so much my expectations were too high. Short stories are tricky to do well, and there seems to be a certain lack of development here. The quality varies, with some really good stories and a couple of real stinkers, but the good ones make it worth a read and it will definitely be of interest to readers who loved Tithe and the others.
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