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Review of Melissa Albert’s Tales From the Hinterland

Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What have I craved since the first time I picked up The Hazel Wood? Exactly what Ms. Albert delivered! The background of some of the most prominent and favorite characters from the Hinterlands. Her tales have the bite and grit you want from “modern” fairy tales. The lessons lay buried under acceptable horror. And while part of you screams to set the book aside and walk away, it’s impossible. You’re invested from the moment you start those first sentences. Even as you shudder – or protest the people’s actions in the tales – you build and feel sympathy for everyone involved. (Yes, even the worst) Ms. Albert’s gift is evident in every word. You don’t find damsels or shining knights in these pages – and the world’s better for it. She’s created a thing of utmost beauty, clothed in thorns and blood.

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