A Feast of Sorrows—Angela Slatter’s first U.S. collection—features twelve of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning Australian author’s finest, darkest fairy tales, and adds two new novellas to her marvelous cauldron of fiction.
Stories peopled by women and girls—fearless, frightened, brave, bold, frail, and fantastical—who take the paths less traveled by, accept (and offer) poisoned apples, and embrace transformation in all its forms. Reminiscent of Angela Carter at her best, Slatter’s work is both timeless and fresh: fascinating new reflections from the enchanted mirrors of fairy tales and folklore.
“Angela Slatter is a sorceress.”
Theodora Goss took the words right out of my mouth with the first sentence of A Feast of Sorrows’ introduction. I had the pleasure of reading my first Angela Slatter novella — Of Sorrow and Such — earlier this year, and fell head over heels in love with her writing.
A Feast of Sorrows turned out to be just as wonderful. This collection of short stories told dark and magical tales about life and death, and love and family, all with a little twist of magic woven through the plot. Each piece was beautifully written and filled with emotion, and it was a delight to read them.
It was so easy to get caught up in Slatter’s narratives, still so complex despite not being very long; they are short stories, after all. From love triumphing against evil to obsessions to sacrifices to revenge, all stories were amazing — and also a bit creepy! I couldn’t help but feel a little sad whenever I finished another story, as they just kept getting better and better.
A Feast of Sorrows cemented my love and admiration for Slatter’s writing. The unique concepts and little worlds she created were fascinating, and she did not shy away from difficult — some even considered taboo — subjects. This was an incredible collection of stories. I was so lucky to get an early copy, and I definitely recommend it to all Dark Fantasy fans!