Anthologies are not my usual thing. However, I have been making an effort to better myself about this literary deficit (as I own a lot of them and they largely go unread). Recently, I acquired an advanced copy of the upcoming book by Melissa Marr entitled Faery Tales and Nightmares. Being a huge fan of Marr’s work, I scrapped every other thing I was reading to focus solely on this book.Faery Tales and Nightmares is not your usual book of fiction. It is a book of short stories that she has written over the last few years, both previously unpublished and published works. Several of them will be familiar to readers as they take place in the same world as her Faery Court found in the Wicked Lovely books and feature many of the same characters we all know and love.
Most of the stories in the book are impeccably written and precisely beautiful. Some of them are more enjoyable than others. I particularly loved two of them, neither of which were offshoots of the Faery books. Perhaps this means that I am ready to read something new from Marr? The stories were Winter’s Kiss and Love Struck. I do believe that these are the strongest ideas in this book.
There is much to fall in love with about this anthology, even if you are not a reader of the Wicked Lovely books. Between Vampires and Selchies and horror elements and fantasy, there is much to play around with. You also get stories of betrayal, first love, new beginnings, and trust. There’s a lot of range here story wise.
I really enjoyed this. 4.5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait for Carnival of Souls.
* Faery Tales and Nightmares releases February 21, 2012.
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