Review: OF SORROW AND SUCH by Angela Slatter



Angela Slatter
Published: October 13th 2015 by Tor
Pages: 160

Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda’s Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word—Gideon has been good to them, and it’s always better to keep on her good side. Just in case.

When a foolish young shapeshifter goes against the wishes of her pack, and gets herself very publicly caught, the authorities find it impossible to deny the existence of the supernatural in their midst any longer; Gideon and her like are captured, bound for torture and a fiery end.

Should Gideon give up her sisters in return for a quick death? Or can she turn the situation to her advantage?


“Remember I hold secrets for which you might well burn.”

Of Sorrow and Such was so aptly titled I don’t even know what to say.

This was a wonderful little novella, with captivating writing and incredible atmosphere. It was especially dark and very interesting to read, and I was swept up in Patience’s narration and her inner voice right from the start.

I loved the aspects of magic and witchery described in the book. How different women were capable of different things, how their powers worked, how some were very good at some things and at other not at all. And when they actually did magic? Woah!

The characters were all well-written, even though not all of them were good people. That was actually something that made me like this even more. It made them all seem very real, and they added depth to the story. Patience herself was not afraid to do what must be done, and her determination to survive was a high point for me.

This was the first time I’ve read anything by Angela Slatter, and I’m glad to say that I loved Of Sorrow and Such. I’ll definitely come back to read more from her, because this was just amazing!


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