Darri has been waiting years for her brother’s return… because only she can protect the rest of her family from him.
Sarli is one of a long line of abandoned girls chosen to be a human sacrifice. But she’s planning for her turn to go a little differently.
Seven previously published fantasy stories by Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood & Nightspell.
Rating: 3 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Faerie fans
High point: The surprise at the end of each story
Low point: Not much food for thought
Reader maturity: 13+
All great short stories share two traits. One, they encourage the reader to reach a certain confidence of understanding and then pull away the veil of illusion at the last second. Two, they do more than communicate a scene--there is a message, an idea, a simple thought explored through a fictional medium that allows the reader to draw their own conclusion.
Changelings & Other Stories did a fantastic job of achieving the former. A few of the stories lost me (I'm not familiar with the author's other works so this might explain my confusion), but for the most part, I was amazed by the surprise/twist/unveiling at the end of each story.
With regards to the second trait, I was less impressed. I know that some reading can be purely for pleasure, but I like short stories that flip my worldview upside down for a few minutes. Changelings & Other Stories was so good at manipulating my expectations that I had high hopes for their food-for-thought capabilities as well.
Overall, Changelings & Other Stories is a lovely collection of short stories that I enjoyed. Someone more familiar with the author's mythology of Faerie and changelings might enjoy them even more.
Title: Changelings & Other Stories
Author: Leah Cypess
Genre: Fiction - Paranormal
Book Source: Downloaded free from Amazon