"A faery tale collection that is not to be missed"
I *love* shared world collections but usually find myself
annoyed at having wasted my precious reading time wading
through at least one clunker in the bunch. So, I
approached this collection with a little hesitation, sure
I'd find myself skimming at least one of the stories. I'm
thrilled to report that all four stories were skillfully
told and enjoyable and no skimming was necessary.
My favorite was Barbara Samuel's "The Love Talker"
which featured a cursed male faery saved from his torment
by the love of a mortal woman. Sigh, this story was so
romantic that it was worth the cost of the entire book.
My least favorite was probably Jo Beverly's tale "The
Lord OF Elphindale" only because the hero acted like an
all-round jerk to the heroine (who was supposed to be his
childhood best friend) for far too long. This is a story
that could've benefited from 100 or so more pages to flesh
out his actions and make the romance more believable.
Still, this was a fitting addition to the collection and is
nowhere near what I'd consider a "clunker".
If you enjoy romance and hold a soft spot in your heart for
faeries this is a not-to-be-missed book.
Laurie Shallah / May, 2000
Copyright © 2000
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 24, 2002