A riveting take on folklore as original as the infamous Brom himself. Prescott reinvigorates the classic folk tales known throughout the globe such as The Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog, and even giving fresh concepts to characters like Hansel and Gretel – among others.
A sorceress gets married and forgets her powers. A prince fears true love’s kiss. A little mermaid is hungry for something a little strange. A swamp witch takes a messy stand. All of these stories are new takes on classic tales, meandering down unlit paths only fit for monsters, fools, and the brave.
At 58 pages, this collection of 12 bite-sized tales can be consumed in a single sitting. Or read one story each night at bedtime, while you sip a cup of herbal tea.
If you wanted to, you could skim through the mere 40-page novella in an hour. However, if you’re like me, you’ll eek out every grimly detailed scene and piece of narrative to properly enjoy these scarce works of fiction not often come across every day. I couldn’t help but grin to myself each time Prescott gave a character a rather morose demise: there are scenes in which my naive childhood memories were brilliantly dashed aside as witches turn the teeth (freshly torn from bloody gums) into porcelain minions eager to please the commands of their master.
I particularly enjoyed reading about The Little Mermaid‘s peculiar appetite and her condition: try as she might, the lure of flesh is too irresistible to ignore and each time she gorges, the mermaid becomes sicker and sicker. Yet she’s faced with two dilemmas and neither are appeasing: eat and develop an increasing affliction, or starve and die.
Sure, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Brom – these guys can write folklore, but give Prescott a try as well.
She might be your favorite.