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From the Stories of Old: A Collection of Fairy Tale Retellings by [Hayden, Heather, Dewar, Matthew, Morier, Corinne, Bernard, J. L., May, Allie, Ross, Louise, Harvey, Renée, Engen, Kelsie, Wade, Lynden, Elliot, Julian, B. C. Marine, Mckayla Eaton, Katelyn Barbee]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3130 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
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  • Publisher: Rowanwood Publishing, LLC (7 Dec. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N7EI0EB
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I don’t usually read short stories collections, but this one is truly excellent. Each story is a clever re-telling of a fairy tale. My top four are: Beneath his Skin by Heather Hayden (the heart-breaking story of a selkie); The Bear in the Forest by Kelsie Engen (lovely story of two sisters who are the guardians of the forest); The Glass Maker by Mckayla Eaton (a great re-telling of Cinderella with ridiculously awesome writing), and The Miller's Daughter by Katelyn Barbee (super funny re-telling of Rumpelstiltskin).
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It is rare to find new fairy tales that grip you in the same way as the traditional - but this selection of stories hits the mark. I particularly enjoyed 'The Goose and his Girl' - one to read to your children at bedtime ... and to yourself. A really heartwarming collection.
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There is something for everyone in this eclectic mix of fairytale retellings. From rural to urban, ancient to modern, dark humour to bittersweet edges, it’s a unique collection.

My personal favourites included the more traditional retellings of Beneath his Skin and Daughter of the Air. I love a fairy-tale that feels ... UnDisneyfied ... If that’s a word. Something that draws on the feel of the fairy worlds as being unknown and slightly ominous, as in the original tales, rather than an automatic happy ending.

Another favourite was The Female Warrior, a retelling of Mulan in a post apocalyptic world. The mix of traditional tale and ruined world gels well, and post-apocalyptic/dystopian is one of my favourite genres.

Her Dearest Treasure draws on one of my own favourite fairytales, The Peasants Wise Daughter, and I thought it was a great homage to the tale.

Finally, I enjoyed The Glass Maker, with its gender take on Cinderella, in an Arabian style city – a favourite setting of mine.

A great book all round.
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Best anthology I've ever read! I love the cover and hey, they're fairytale retellings so win-win for me!

There's something for everyone with these 13 stories. I'd put this probably at a YA level, which it was nice to have all the stories targetting the same age range. A good choice for me as an adult too as they're clean and that's what I like.

Matt Dewar's Female Warrior takes a post-apocalyptic twist on the Ballad of Mulan. The fight scenes were amazing and I loved the plot twist at the end and how it was handled.

Heather Hayden's selkie story is the first selkie story I've ever enjoyed. I normally HATE selkie stories because they're always about a mom who abandons her child(and possibly a good husband). Kiesel is a young selkie, who DOESN'T become a parent in the tale and for the first time I felt myself sad for a selkies plight without feeling like they pull a "worst parent" move.

Kelsie Engen's story has that delightfully mystical feel to it with the characters of Scarlett and Crystal. There's something about the sisters that is strong, and unique, while the story maintains an olden fairy-tale feel. (ie. the girls come across as self-sufficient and intelligent despite the setting being one where the FMC's are usually less independent.)

The Goose and His Girl was one of the most original retellings of East of the Sun; West of the Moon that I've read. That's easily one of my top 2 fairytales, so I was happy to see a version of that. I winced when the poor goose started plucking his own feathers out. I can definitely see how that honking laugh would be grating.

I'd stay that Kris and Krampus scared the stockings off me, but I don't want to be put on the naughty list.
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From the 'Just Us League,' a group of authors dedicated to the craft of telling stories, comes Volume 1 of From the Stories of Old.
Here, we see traditional fairy-tales given a modern make-over, featuring characters ranging from humans and Selkies, to goblins and mermaids.

Each author has their own unique style, which helped them to stand out from their colleagues. One of my favourite re-tellings was The Glass Maker, a delightful twist on Cinderella, with a male playing the Cinders role.

I was struck by the beauty of the thirteen tales involved. Each held its own and together, they provided hours of on the edge of your seat reading.

I would recommend this collection for lovers of Fantasy, mythology, and Fairy tales.
Rated 4 stars.
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