Wednesday, May 25, 2016
A Wonderful Short Story Discovery!
AUTHOR: Theodora Goss
PUBLISHER: Tor Books
PUBLISHING DATE: May 4, 2016
FROM GOODREADS: Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss is a dark fantasy about a kitchen girl obsessed with fairy tales, who upon discovering a ragged woman outside the castle during a storm, takes her in--certain she’s a princess in disguise.
MY THOUGHTS: This is a recent short story published by Tor.com which I grabbed almost the instant I saw it because I fell in love with the beautiful cover. Klara works in the kitchen of a noble home in Eastern Europe. She is obsessed with fairy tales and prior to a large, upcoming ball, finds a worn and torn young lady collapsed outside the castle. Thinking she is a princess in disguise who has come to win the hand of the young eligible nobleman, Klara takes her in and hides her in her bedroom. Unbeknownst to Klara, all is not as it seems and maybe in her obsession with fairy tales, she has overlook some important clues.
I really enjoyed "Red as Blood and White as Bone." It is a engrossing, gothic tale and perfect to read before bed one night during a spring storm (on Friday the 13th nonetheless). I thought Goss's writing perfectly complimented the setting and while I knew part way through where the story was headed, it didn't make the journey any less enjoyable.
Being a short story, it's hard to say more and not give too much away. However, if you like fairy tales and dark, gothic settings, I doubt you will find this short tale a waste of your time.
RATING: 4 PAWS
BOOKER T'S THOUGHTS: Mom won't let me say anything...something about spoilers, so you will have to read this story to see what I'm giving it 4 paws as well!!!