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A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve fairy tales by the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country! Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives. “Lush and deliciously sinister fairytales to be consumed A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve fairy tales by the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country! Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives. “Lush and deliciously sinister fairytales to be consumed as greedily as Turkish delight or any fairy fruit. I loved these.” ―Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble “This inventive, enchanting collection reads like the fairy tales of old, hushed stories passed woman to woman, before the Grimms came and wiped away all the blood.” ―Laura Ruby, author of Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All “The writing is as spare and precise as poetry, connected to the darker, edgier elements of fairy-tale conventions. Albert’s rich and tightly focused collection forms the core of the mythology created in her novels, and her fans will be thrilled at this further glimpse into that world.” ―Booklist, starred review “Stories fueled by feminist rage, the frustration of being unnderestimated, and the insatiable longing to experience more mark this collection as timely and universal.” ―SLJ


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A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve fairy tales by the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country! Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives. “Lush and deliciously sinister fairytales to be consumed A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve fairy tales by the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country! Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives. “Lush and deliciously sinister fairytales to be consumed as greedily as Turkish delight or any fairy fruit. I loved these.” ―Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble “This inventive, enchanting collection reads like the fairy tales of old, hushed stories passed woman to woman, before the Grimms came and wiped away all the blood.” ―Laura Ruby, author of Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All “The writing is as spare and precise as poetry, connected to the darker, edgier elements of fairy-tale conventions. Albert’s rich and tightly focused collection forms the core of the mythology created in her novels, and her fans will be thrilled at this further glimpse into that world.” ―Booklist, starred review “Stories fueled by feminist rage, the frustration of being unnderestimated, and the insatiable longing to experience more mark this collection as timely and universal.” ―SLJ

30 review for Tales From the Hinterland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    I love a collection of fairy tale-esque stories, especially when it pairs with the world of a book I've already read. These tales were dark and creepy and all of that, so I did enjoy it overall. But, it got to be really repetitive. They all follow the same basic structure of a female protagonist being oppressed, mostly by males, and then rising above it in a creepy, weird way that gives a not so happy ending. That doesn't mean I didn't like them but I just knew where it was going to end up after I love a collection of fairy tale-esque stories, especially when it pairs with the world of a book I've already read. These tales were dark and creepy and all of that, so I did enjoy it overall. But, it got to be really repetitive. They all follow the same basic structure of a female protagonist being oppressed, mostly by males, and then rising above it in a creepy, weird way that gives a not so happy ending. That doesn't mean I didn't like them but I just knew where it was going to end up after awhile. The writing is great and suits the stories, it's very atmospheric and pulls you in. It read like a real book of fairy tales, with a feminist twist. I do think if you liked the Hazel Wood you'd definitely love the sinister nature of this, it's worth the read. Or just if you want something unsettling for a dreary day. Particularly I enjoyed The Skinned Maiden the most, and The Door That Wasn't There made me think of Coraline so that was extra unsettling for me. The Clockwork Bride was also interesting. Think dark and twisted Nutcracker.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    If you've ever wondered which literary world would be the best to live in, wonder no longer, cause there's a BookTube Video to answer that! The Written Review : 4.5 stars The Door That Wasn't There The voice she heard was so thin and rustling, she could almost believe it was leaves against the window. There once was a rich merchant who had a wife and two daughters. When his wife died, he found another. But the new wife was not pleased to be a mother and she locks the daughters in the If you've ever wondered which literary world would be the best to live in, wonder no longer, cause there's a BookTube Video to answer that! The Written Review : 4.5 stars The Door That Wasn't There The voice she heard was so thin and rustling, she could almost believe it was leaves against the window. There once was a rich merchant who had a wife and two daughters. When his wife died, he found another. But the new wife was not pleased to be a mother and she locks the daughters in the house. One of them finds a way out...and the other...well...let's just say that the other won't be traveling any time soon. Hansa the Traveler There was a girl who spoke to the moon. That isn't enough to make a tale, but to her the moon spoke back. Hansa has been forbidden from looking out the window at night for if the moon touches here...something awful would happen. At least that's what her father and paternal grandmother has told her. But...she's a curious kid. And one day, she finds a way out. The Clockwork Bride The toymaker arrived in town on the back of rumors so vicious they cut the tongue. Eleanor and her brother were fascinated by the brilliant clockwork toys but the fascination soon turns sinister...ultimately extracting a terrible, terrible price that no one was prepared to pay. Jenny and the Night Women In the course of time she bore a child, a pink and white and beautiful child, with a core of hidden decay. Jenny was the much-wanted child of two otherwise childless parents. But her hidden, rotten core begins flaring up the older she gets. After one particularly bad tantrum, she finds a rumor - a legend - that will allow her to punish her parents. The Night Women. The Skinned Maiden They reached up and peeled the fur from their necks, from their faces and shoulders and limbs... A young maiden within a bearskin catches the eye of a prince. Upon some pretty poor advice, he finds a way to capture her - but not her heart. The skinned maiden does not forgive, nor does she forget. Alice-Three-Times When Alice was born her eyes were black from end to end, and the midwife didn't stay long enough to wash her. The queen gives birth to this...child. This creature. This thing. And all she can think of is a way to get rid of Alice. Unfortunately for her, Alice proves very, very difficult to get rid of. The House Under the Stairwell On a knife-bright day at the edge of an overgrown garden, three sisters pricked their fingers on a briar and let their blood fall to the earth. The sisters wish for their husbands to be revealed but one of them...let's just say that she got far more than she bargained for. Ilsa Waits In a village where a plague called the dream sickness slipped from house to house, a man lay dying. The youngest of her siblings, Ilsa watched as one-by-one her family slips into death's clutches. But death? Death was never prepared for Ilsa. The Sea Cellar At the edge of a great wood, on the shore of an inland sea, is a house where daughters go to die. Two sisters. One is gambled away to the house and one is pronounced "safe"...but the safe sister knew right away that there was no point unless she could be reunited with her sibling. And so she goes. To the house. To disappear. The Mother and the Dagger Wherever you live, there are rules you must go by. A queen, desperate for a child. A king determined not to be fooled. A horrible fate alone, in the woods...luring in life. Twice-Killed Katherine She was called Katherine, and grew up in solitude. The hated daughter of the sorcerer finds her own powers...and he is ready to take advantage of it. But Katherine...she is clever and ruthless and above all, she won't be tricked again. Death and the Woodwife Beware the hallow-eyed man who make their living on the road, beware the riddles and the pretty things they sell. The woodwife suffers death but no more. Overall Thoughts Ohhh man. I've been literally waiting all year for this gorgeous book to come out. I loved The Hazel Wood and the Night Country and I've been waiting for this companion novel. I loved the scary-fairy aspect of this story - the stories were so creepy and well-written. I really wish this book had illustrations. I think that would have just brought up to perfection. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  3. 5 out of 5

    emma

    My first favorite book of the year...happening in the first month of the year? It's more likely than you think. And since usually I end up five starring less than 10% of the books I read in any given year, I was thinking "not very likely." Dear Melissa Albert: Thank you for making this book (which I basically had the idea for - I mean, you mentioned it in a different book, but I am on the record as saying I would like it to be a real book before even you were, so), and thank you for making it every My first favorite book of the year...happening in the first month of the year? It's more likely than you think. And since usually I end up five starring less than 10% of the books I read in any given year, I was thinking "not very likely." Dear Melissa Albert: Thank you for making this book (which I basically had the idea for - I mean, you mentioned it in a different book, but I am on the record as saying I would like it to be a real book before even you were, so), and thank you for making it everything I wanted it to be, and thank you for giving me a five star read against the odds. Even if I've read 30+ so far this year with only one more five star to my name. So what. We count our blessings. This is a book of fairytales (my favorite) that is full of darkness and blood and powerful girls and selfish girls and powerful girls and violence and anger and revenge and badassery (all of which are my other favorites). It is, in short, a dream. Bottom line: More please!!! ------------ pre-review when the book you dreamed up lives up to said dream >>> review to come / 5 stars ------------ currently-reading updates i don't want to be dramatic but i think this is the prettiest book that has ever existed ------------ tbr review i WAS trying to buy fewer books this year...but then this one came out. "I want to read Tales from the Hinterland (Grandnanny’s book) so badly. If Melissa Albert is smart, or loves me or the world or both, she will write that spinoff." THAT'S FROM MY REVIEW OF THE HAZEL WOOD. WHICH I WROTE MONTHS AGO. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?????? I'm magical and the world is granting my wishes. ... I would also like a pony and for all of my student loan debt to be paid off. And unlimited cookies.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Thanks to the good folks at Tor, you can read "Twice-Killed Katherine" right now: https://bit.ly/35QIkP7 January 2021, hurry up and get here! (Not just because 2020 is Not the Best!) Thanks to the good folks at Tor, you can read "Twice-Killed Katherine" right now: https://bit.ly/35QIkP7 January 2021, hurry up and get here! (Not just because 2020 is Not the Best!)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    COVEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR -------------- I want to buy this book and then set it next to me while I sleep in hopes that some magical sh*t will happen | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram COVEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR -------------- I want to buy this book and then set it next to me while I sleep in hopes that some magical sh*t will happen | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’Tales are told of a village so plagued by ghosts that bells are hung over the doors, to keep them from slipping in at night. In certain houses the cooks bake three loaves of bread, two to eat and one to bury. In some towns you would as soon slit your own throat as wear red in winter or yellow on a wedding day. And even kings must bow low when they see a dead man walking, lest the departed take offense and take hold of their hand.’’ Hinterland. A land of magic, darkness, violence. A land for ‘’Tales are told of a village so plagued by ghosts that bells are hung over the doors, to keep them from slipping in at night. In certain houses the cooks bake three loaves of bread, two to eat and one to bury. In some towns you would as soon slit your own throat as wear red in winter or yellow on a wedding day. And even kings must bow low when they see a dead man walking, lest the departed take offense and take hold of their hand.’’ Hinterland. A land of magic, darkness, violence. A land for Death. A land where justice is slowly but surely on its way. No matter how cruel, how terrible a character may be, retribution and justified punishment will come. In their most terrible form and rightly so. And Death is there, so much more than a character. He is a tangible presence, of flesh and blood. Watchful and unshakable. Step into the darkness of an extraordinary collection… ‘’And it told her how she could save herself and her sister. How she could remake the world just enough so they would live. It would take blood.’’ The Door that Wasn’t There : Two sisters trapped in a household without love. What if the only way out leads to an unbearable darkness? What if revenge at an unthinkable cost? ‘’ There was a girl who spoke to the moon. That isn’t enough to make a tale, but to her the moon spoke back.’’ Hansa the Traveller : A tale of the Moon, the stars, the sea and the rim of the world. ‘’The toymaker arrived in town on the back of rumours so vicious they cut the tongue.’’ The Clockwork Bride : A child’s dream night in a toy shop comes at a great price. When the child becomes a mother, the reckoning will come for her eldest daughter. But the young woman refuses to become a victim. An exciting tale of womanhood and independence, set in a land of magic and secrets. ‘’In spring, the wife swallowed the pink-and-white petals of an apple blossom. So eager was she to do it, she didn’t see the creep of brown at the flower’s centre. It had half rotted with rain.’’ Jenny and the Night Women : A mother gives birth to a beautiful girl but her beauty is no match for the cruelty of her heart and the coldness of her soul. The daughter is unsatisfied, she wants to punish her parents and the Night Women are there to fulfil her wish. A dark, powerful tale. ‘’So quickly she learned to mute the bellows of her lungs, the ticking of her naked heart. When she found him like this he did not like to look at her, because if he did she would repeat the only words she had spoken since he took her from the woods. ‘’Give me back my skin.’’ The Skinned Maiden : A prince’s obsession leads to destruction and the certain revenge of the maiden he tricked and violated. A violent tale of madness and punishment. ‘’The dark dreams that stalked the court, the unexplained deaths of the stable’s best horses, the hysteria that overtook the servants like a plague, coming and going in a fortnight. Spoiled milk, bad weather. The obsession of the king.’’ Alice-Three-Times : A queen gives birth to a feral child that grows fast. The daughter’s presence plagues the castle, her family, the society that has exiled her since she was an infant. And the mother is no mather at all. A tragic tale of vengeance, despair and justice. ‘’You wish to hear of your husband?’’ Her voice made a cold music. The shush of wind in bare branches, the tapping of a dead girl’s wedding shoes.’’ The House Under the Stairwell : Three sisters offer a drop of blood to see the face of their future husband. But Isabel is not so fortunate for a cruel fate is reserved for her. A union with Death. This wonderfully haunting tale makes use of classic motifs such as the pact with Death, the doomed bride, the dead witnesses, the trials that must be overcome. ‘’Do you think I can be killed? Do you think yourself the match of me?’’ Ilsa Waits : A girl’s village is plagued by Death. Ilsa loses each member of her family one after another. She decides to face Death and he invites her to a journey in the realm of the dead. Ilsa survives but the price is too high. Possibly my favourite story in this incredible collection. The Sea Cellar : Young women are wed to a mysterious suitor, victims of their parents’ greed. When Alba decides to put an end to it by offering herself, she discovers the enchanting yet terrible truth. A tale that reminded me of Oscar Wilde’s stories, a tale of the sea and the wind and the call of the sirens. ‘’I am mother and murderer’’, the voice whispered. ‘’I am womb and crypt. I am a road and I am the end of it.’’ The Mother and the Dagger : A queen who has been raised in a land of dark magic longs for a child. When she tries to deceive an old witch, she becomes a shadow in the woods. She becomes the Mother… Twice-Killed Katherine : A young woman, the offspring of a powerful enchanter, escapes Death. But she cannot escape a route of loses. Twice-killed and still alive… ‘’I am the quiet’’, he told her. ‘’I am the cold. I am the thing that comes after the end.’’ Death and the Woodwife : A queen loses her seven children and gives birth to a daughter with green skin before she follows them to the grave. The princess is chosen by a strange suitor, the son of the greatest enemy. Who can trick Death and his kin? I have read so many collections of dark fairy tales it would take weeks to remember them all. This one must be the finest. ‘’I am my own,’’ she said. ‘’I belong to me.’’ My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    What a delightfully twisted collection of tales and fables! From the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country comes the elusive treasury of stories which inspired the events in the series. These are not your mother’s fairy tales, and certainly not things you want to read before bed at night. Melissa Albert has delivered the dark feminist stories from your wildest dreams and most menacing nightmares. Fans of The Hazel Wood series have long asked for Tales From the Hinterland, the book that A What a delightfully twisted collection of tales and fables! From the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country comes the elusive treasury of stories which inspired the events in the series. These are not your mother’s fairy tales, and certainly not things you want to read before bed at night. Melissa Albert has delivered the dark feminist stories from your wildest dreams and most menacing nightmares. Fans of The Hazel Wood series have long asked for Tales From the Hinterland, the book that Althea Proserpine had written before her daughter Ella and granddaughter Alice fled from her. The consequences of writing such a book were heavy, so Althea shut herself away as copies of the book disappeared from the public over the years. Readers have received snippets and summaries of these stories, a couple of extended passages as they applied to the plot at hand, but most of the contents have felt just out of reach—until now. For that reason you may find some of these stories more familiar than others, especially if you’ve recently read the other two books. I haven’t read either in about a year, so there wasn’t any part that felt redundant for me. A few of the names and general tone I recognized, but I didn’t feel like I knew what was going to happen next based off of that. If I could start to guess how a story would end, it was probably because they all had similar themes. There’s usually a young girl or woman, she makes a choice and it has grim consequences. There are very few happy endings in Tales From the Hinterland, and even the ones that do usually have a sinister twist to them. You don’t have to have read either of the previous novels in order to enjoy this one. Some people might enjoy those books more by reading this first, if they’re readers who hate to have information withheld. I’d recommend at least reading the Hazel Wood before this, though, so that you don’t lose any of the suspense in that one. Still, if you are just looking for some dark and a little bit murderous stories in a bite-sized package, then I would recommend Tales From the Hinterland *Thanks to Flatiron Books & Netgalley for an advance copy! **For more book talk & reviews, follow me on Instagram at @elle_mentbooks!

  8. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Being a huge fan of The Hazel Wood I knew I needed this immediately. Um, yes, I want the magical fairytale book that ruins Alice's life and is also so elusive no one can get a copy (LOOK I GOT A COPY 😪👌🏻ahem let me pretend it was hard). So these are the collection of tales from the book that haunts Alice, and I definitely recognised references. A few didn't come up in Hazel Wood though, so that was nice to read some new ones. I really loved the imagination, the darkness and chill endings, the ma Being a huge fan of The Hazel Wood I knew I needed this immediately. Um, yes, I want the magical fairytale book that ruins Alice's life and is also so elusive no one can get a copy (LOOK I GOT A COPY 😪👌🏻ahem let me pretend it was hard). So these are the collection of tales from the book that haunts Alice, and I definitely recognised references. A few didn't come up in Hazel Wood though, so that was nice to read some new ones. I really loved the imagination, the darkness and chill endings, the macabre twists and the way each story was teeth and thorns instead of anything lovely. I liked some stories better than others, but overall an excellent read. My only downside was I kind of forget the stories as soon as I finish reading them. However, they might be bewitched. Or maybe reading before bed when I'm 98% asleep already doesn't help. But also, I think they're just bewitched.

  9. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    "There was a girl who spoke to the moon. That isn't enough to make a tale, but to her the moon spoke back." When I read The Hazel Wood back in 2019 I liked it, but what I really wanted was to read the collection of fairytale-like stories that were repeatedly referenced. I know I wasn't alone in that thought, so it was so exciting when Melissa Albert announced she was publishing the entire collection. Some of the stories were ones I remembered from the first book, but others were entirely new to m "There was a girl who spoke to the moon. That isn't enough to make a tale, but to her the moon spoke back." When I read The Hazel Wood back in 2019 I liked it, but what I really wanted was to read the collection of fairytale-like stories that were repeatedly referenced. I know I wasn't alone in that thought, so it was so exciting when Melissa Albert announced she was publishing the entire collection. Some of the stories were ones I remembered from the first book, but others were entirely new to me. If you have enjoyed things like Leigh Bardugo's The Language of Thorns, this is along the same vein. They are told like fairytales, but not the happy, romantic, Disney type. They are dark and gritty- think the original Grimms brothers. As expected, I liked some stories over others. Some of my favourites included The Door that Wasn't There, The Skinned Maiden and Ilsa Waits. Some I felt more meh about were The House Under the Stairwell, The Sea Cellar and The Mother and the Dagger. Should you read The Hazel Wood and its sequel before this? Short answer, no but maybe. If you have no interest in the plot of the novels or even didn't really enjoy them, you can definitely still pick this up and enjoy it the same. However, if you know that you want to read the other stories, I would recommend at least reading the first book and then this one, like I did. I think the stories are much more impactful when hearing them for the first time in The Hazel Wood, and think that impact could be diminished if you already knew them. Overall, if you are looking for a short, dark and original collection of stories for a rainy day, this is perfect. I have heard the finished copy will include full colour illustrations, which are sure to be stunning. Personally, I felt that the stories didn't hit as hard as when they were told throughout The Hazel Wood, but I have heard other reviewers saying the opposite, so definitely still give it a go! Thank you to Flatiron Books for this ARC Release Date: 12 January 2021

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cody Roecker

    Update: I'VE FINALLY GOTTEN TO READ THIS Deliciously creepy in every single way. "The Skinned Maiden" "Ilsa Waits" and "The Door That Wasn't There" are particularly delightful. "The Skinned Maiden" will chill you deeper than your bones. I just *know* the finished copy of this book is going to be BREATHTAKING. ORIGINAL SCREAMING: DID I BEG FOR THIS OR DID I BEG FOR THIS? considering this was my first thought after finishing the hazel wood (besides how much i absolutely loved it) you could say I'm Update: I'VE FINALLY GOTTEN TO READ THIS Deliciously creepy in every single way. "The Skinned Maiden" "Ilsa Waits" and "The Door That Wasn't There" are particularly delightful. "The Skinned Maiden" will chill you deeper than your bones. I just *know* the finished copy of this book is going to be BREATHTAKING. ORIGINAL SCREAMING: DID I BEG FOR THIS OR DID I BEG FOR THIS? considering this was my first thought after finishing the hazel wood (besides how much i absolutely loved it) you could say I'm quite excited about it all. melissa albert's writing is lyrical and gorgeous and simply stunning...and her short stories will definitely shine

  11. 4 out of 5

    human

    A series of short stories written in Melissa Albert's characteristically atmospheric style, most of which I enjoyed. That being said, I only really read this because the cover was beautiful I was curious to see how Alice's story ended (spoiler alert: there were no demon princes or exorcisms whatsoever), and ended up feeling pretty bored through some of them. Definitely recommend if you've enjoyed Albert's previous works. A series of short stories written in Melissa Albert's characteristically atmospheric style, most of which I enjoyed. That being said, I only really read this because the cover was beautiful I was curious to see how Alice's story ended (spoiler alert: there were no demon princes or exorcisms whatsoever), and ended up feeling pretty bored through some of them. Definitely recommend if you've enjoyed Albert's previous works.

  12. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    I feel like this did for me what neither THE HAZEL WOOD or THE NIGHT COUNTRY was quite able to achieve. I loved the backbone of the author's series, all set around this fictional book of stories, but I think somehow things just never quite connected for me. I liked some bits, others would fall flat; almost like in the telling of point A to point B I would find myself lost and tangled up. But this volume? I couldn't look away. This author truly shines in short stories. But more than that, she shin I feel like this did for me what neither THE HAZEL WOOD or THE NIGHT COUNTRY was quite able to achieve. I loved the backbone of the author's series, all set around this fictional book of stories, but I think somehow things just never quite connected for me. I liked some bits, others would fall flat; almost like in the telling of point A to point B I would find myself lost and tangled up. But this volume? I couldn't look away. This author truly shines in short stories. But more than that, she shines because this places the focus on what I loved most of all : her dark fairytales. Stories that are less morality and more magic, more monstruous, more real, rarely featuring happy endings or anything happy at all. Some of these are definitely better than others but overall the whole vibe, the whole concept, just works for me. I understand from the blurb that this book is supposed to be illustrated (I'm imagining something like THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS but who knows!) and I'm sad to say my ARC did not have any hint of what those additions might look like. So I'll likely be picking up a finished copy of this in order to re-experience it all with said visuals. This is a must for fans of The Hazel Wood series but honestly? You could have disliked, or even not read, those books and still enjoy this. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vee

    [ARC Provided by NetGalley, my review is unbiased] Wordpress Blog | Twitter I read The Hazel Wood back in 2018, two years ago, and my only wish was that Melissa would publish the book of short stories mentioned in The Hazel Wood. I finally got my wish, and this was very good, but not quite as good as I wanted it to be. It was hard to ignore the repetitive themes, mothers, childbirth, evil men and sharp knives. Every story seemed to be about a bride, and every man and boy seemed to be evil. Every re [ARC Provided by NetGalley, my review is unbiased] Wordpress Blog | Twitter I read The Hazel Wood back in 2018, two years ago, and my only wish was that Melissa would publish the book of short stories mentioned in The Hazel Wood. I finally got my wish, and this was very good, but not quite as good as I wanted it to be. It was hard to ignore the repetitive themes, mothers, childbirth, evil men and sharp knives. Every story seemed to be about a bride, and every man and boy seemed to be evil. Every relationship was straight, and around every corner seemed to be a door to the world of the dead. The characters like Twice Killed Katherine, and Alice Three-Times, while they were powerful characters in the previous books, their origin stories here did fall flat and blur together at times, with every bride/girl seeming to be the same person rewritten. The stories were dark, and powerful, and I did enjoy them. The illustrations at the start of each story were amazing. However I do have to look back at The Hazel Wood and remember that this was supposed to be a book of stories that stuck with every reader, and I don't think I found them that memorable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    This collection of 12 creepy fairy tales reminded me of my first reading of the original stories by the Brothers Grimm. I remember being shocked when I read the actual fairy tale stories where the evil stepsisters cut off part of their feet to make the glass slipper fit, people were executed inside barrels studded with nails, and witches ate children. Disney definitely cleaned things up a bit before making cute movies based on the old stories! Melissa Albert takes the feel of those old cautionar This collection of 12 creepy fairy tales reminded me of my first reading of the original stories by the Brothers Grimm. I remember being shocked when I read the actual fairy tale stories where the evil stepsisters cut off part of their feet to make the glass slipper fit, people were executed inside barrels studded with nails, and witches ate children. Disney definitely cleaned things up a bit before making cute movies based on the old stories! Melissa Albert takes the feel of those old cautionary fairy tales and brings them into her Hinterland world. Perfect! I loved every single story! Don't look for fairy tale endings in these stories. Every one of them is dark and creepy, but incredibly entertaining!! As a fan of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country, I love the fact that the collection of tales mentioned in the books have been published. I'm going to go back and re-read from the beginning now! Although these stories are set in the Hinterland and are part of the series, the collection can be read as stand-alone stories as well. Someone who hasn't read the books but who loves dark fairy tales would still enjoy these 12 stories! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Flatiron Books. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  15. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    so happy she's gunna write this! so happy she's gunna write this!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    Absolutely perfect! The stories were great and the art and illustrations were stunning. Great companion novel to The Hazel Wood.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rivka

    These are some dark fairytales 😈

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Ah, the Hinterland. Seems like an absolutely terrible place to take a vacation, but the best setting ever for dark fairy tales. I can’t get enough of Melissa Albert’s Hazel wood series, and this collection of dark fairy tales set in the Hinterland (some featuring familiar characters, some populated by new faces) was no exception. I don’t think there’s anyone out there doing better work in the traditional dark fairy tale sub-genre at the moment than Albert, who hooked me with her world building w Ah, the Hinterland. Seems like an absolutely terrible place to take a vacation, but the best setting ever for dark fairy tales. I can’t get enough of Melissa Albert’s Hazel wood series, and this collection of dark fairy tales set in the Hinterland (some featuring familiar characters, some populated by new faces) was no exception. I don’t think there’s anyone out there doing better work in the traditional dark fairy tale sub-genre at the moment than Albert, who hooked me with her world building with the first book set in this world and has continued to captivate me since. These tales are perfect for readers like me who love very dark, very creepy stuff, but only as long as it doesn’t go too far. For me that’s no graphic/on-page rape or torture. Albert’s macabre collection toes the line between delightfully disturbing and just plain upsetting perfectly, as has her entire Hazel wood collection. Though all 16 stories in this book are gorgeously rendered, here are my favorites: -The Clockwork Bride (this has the feel of what I’ve always wanted Nutcracker adaptations to be but they never seem to achieve) -Jenny and the Night Women -Alice-Three-Times -The Sea Cellar -The Mother and the Dagger -Twice-Killed Catherine *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    Collections of stories that exist in other novels seem to be gathering popularity lately, and in this case, I think it really works. I was dying to read these all through the Hazel Wood duology, and in a rare turn of events, I think I like them a bit more than the actual novels. They’re dark and deliciously creepy, sometimes with a grim, fairytale-like moral and sometimes not, and while I liked some more than others, I never found my attention wandering in any of them. It’s almost perfectly pace Collections of stories that exist in other novels seem to be gathering popularity lately, and in this case, I think it really works. I was dying to read these all through the Hazel Wood duology, and in a rare turn of events, I think I like them a bit more than the actual novels. They’re dark and deliciously creepy, sometimes with a grim, fairytale-like moral and sometimes not, and while I liked some more than others, I never found my attention wandering in any of them. It’s almost perfectly paced, with none of the stories being ridiculously longer than the others, and I appreciate Albert keeping them short and sweet. (Or, er, short and bloody, as the case may be.) I’m not very moved by the illustrations or the overall color scheme (green and orange aren’t a great combination), but I enjoyed the overall aesthetics of the book. It felt like I was holding something just a little bit magical. My favorite stories were ones with connections to the characters in the duology: “Hansa the Traveler”, “Twice-Killed Katherine”, “Ilsa Waits”, and of course “Alice-Three-Times.” They do a lot to flesh out the backstories of those (largely creepy) characters, and they provide a fascinating look into the inner workings of the Hinterlands, with its unforgiving rules and skeptical morality. The stories as a whole overwhelmingly feature female main characters, many of them of the bloody and vengeful variety (which I’m totally here for), most of them clever and ruthless and occasionally the villain. While I’m excited to go back to the duology at some point with these stories in mind, I don’t think it’s necessary to read those to understand this. The stories stand on their own, and I’d highly recommend them for someone who likes Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns or Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods (who would have been an AMAZING illustrator for this collection, btw). I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gobookmart

    Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Tales from the Hinterland is a unique, haunting, and charmingly creepy collection of fantasies. Totally new and not at all like anything I have read previously, this book is filled with captivating and macabre stories of misfortune, obsession, narrow-mindedness, and death. Every story is unique and is just as compelling and twisted as the others. With a few additional illustrations that bring the enchantment to life, this dark collection is one that wi Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Tales from the Hinterland is a unique, haunting, and charmingly creepy collection of fantasies. Totally new and not at all like anything I have read previously, this book is filled with captivating and macabre stories of misfortune, obsession, narrow-mindedness, and death. Every story is unique and is just as compelling and twisted as the others. With a few additional illustrations that bring the enchantment to life, this dark collection is one that will remain with the readers after the last page is turned. Tales from the Hinterland is an ideal ally to The Hazel Wood and The Night Country. Two books about the adventures of Alice and her companion Atticus Finch as she explores the universe of her grandma, the writer of Tales from the Hinterland. In The Hazel Wood we discover that all the copies of Tales from the Hinterland have vanished. Atticus Finch is the only individual Alice came to know who has read the stories. Such a large amount of those two books connect with the lost fantasies. It is a pleasure to read the original stories. Albert makes a mind boggling job in writing fairy tales. Historically, fantasies are grim and loaded with murder and jeopardy. They for the most part exploit the common fear of kids, loss of a parent, parental cruelty, and parental indifference. They additionally frequently include women whose romantic choices are restricted yet who look for, some way or another, to discover organization in a world controlled by men. Albert's fantasies do likewise. She additionally makes new folklore with the Sun, Moon, Stars, and the Tides shaping a pantheon that shows up in more than one story. The stories are distinct, savage, and alarming, similarly as a fairy tale ought to be. I cherished Tales from the Hinterland. I did not anticipate that Albert would deliver a fairy tale as dismal as Grimm and as fantastical as Hans Christian Andersen. These stories felt like they were composed some time before Disney got their bowdlerizing hands on youngsters' fiction. Not only do the narratives feel like legitimate youngsters' fairy tales, they are perfectly composed with gorgeous descriptions of the scene. I adored this from the first page to the last. Follow us on social media Google News Facebook Instagram Twitter

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    This was unique and refreshing in every sense of the word and the perfect introductory piece to Melissa Albert. 'The Door That Wasn't There' was a great starting point to this collection of short stories as I was immediately entranced by the fantasy, supernatural, and paranormal elements that were thrown together and the author's ability in making each short it's own. With 'Tales from the Hinterland' being the first novel I have read from this author, I am looking forward to div This was unique and refreshing in every sense of the word and the perfect introductory piece to Melissa Albert. 'The Door That Wasn't There' was a great starting point to this collection of short stories as I was immediately entranced by the fantasy, supernatural, and paranormal elements that were thrown together and the author's ability in making each short it's own. With 'Tales from the Hinterland' being the first novel I have read from this author, I am looking forward to diving into 'The Hazel Wood' series to see if her earlier works resemble this creative piece. All in all, this author has gained a new fan.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have been wanting to dive into this little novella for like EVER! Each and every story within Tales From the Hinterland had it's own little creepiness to it. I honestly really enjoyed diving into this because of how badly I wanted to do so after finish the first two books. There's just something about the creepiness and darkness that just sucks you in. Trust me, it will and it did for me. So, yeah, I enjoyed all the dark things coming my way. Out of the twelve stories, I don't think I necessari I have been wanting to dive into this little novella for like EVER! Each and every story within Tales From the Hinterland had it's own little creepiness to it. I honestly really enjoyed diving into this because of how badly I wanted to do so after finish the first two books. There's just something about the creepiness and darkness that just sucks you in. Trust me, it will and it did for me. So, yeah, I enjoyed all the dark things coming my way. Out of the twelve stories, I don't think I necessarily have a favorite or not. Or particularly hated one either. Each had something unique about it and a character that you could easily follow along with. I will admit that I now really want to dive into the series again just to fall back in love with the characters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    “This inventive, enchanting collection reads like the fairy tales of old, hushed stories passed woman to woman, before the Grimms came and wiped away all the blood.” -Kelly Link I don’t think I can write a review that sums it up better than Kelly Link’s quote on the back of this collection. This is a book with wicked teeth, bloody women, and the kind of truths waiting in the shadows of nightmares. I loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I don't 'want to read', I need to read this! Cannot wait for this 😍😍😍😍😍😍 I don't 'want to read', I need to read this! Cannot wait for this 😍😍😍😍😍😍

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/01/19/... If you loved The Hazel Wood and The Night Country by Melissa Albert, Tales from the Hinterlands is not to be missed. Heck, even if you aren’t a fan of the series, you should give this one a chance. Filled with stories both wondrous and terrifying, this is not your typical book of fairy tales. Those familiar with the main series will recognize this as the collection written by the protagonist’s grandmother Althea Prosperpine 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/01/19/... If you loved The Hazel Wood and The Night Country by Melissa Albert, Tales from the Hinterlands is not to be missed. Heck, even if you aren’t a fan of the series, you should give this one a chance. Filled with stories both wondrous and terrifying, this is not your typical book of fairy tales. Those familiar with the main series will recognize this as the collection written by the protagonist’s grandmother Althea Prosperpine before she all but vanished from the public eye, even as her work gained ground in certain circles. As readers, we were able to experience snippets and pieces of these stories over the course of Alice’s adventures, but merely peripherally, often in a secondary context. Now, finally, we are able to read them in their entirety, and discover out what they’ve been all about. If you haven’t read the novels though, don’t despair! They are certainly not a prerequisite, and in fact, it might even be beneficial to read this collection first as it may provide you with the context to appreciate the novels even more. Normally when I review short story collections, I break down each entry by providing a brief summary along with my comments. However, I will not be doing that this time, since it would not work as well. Much like the traditional fairy tales that inspired them, many of the stories in here are allegorical, going beyond the plot to probe deeper themes and messages. The Brothers Grimm influence is also strong with this one, both in the whimsy and darkness of the tales. Some of them are downright twisted and disturbing, pushing beyond the boundaries of fantasy and entering horror territory as they explore extreme and impossible situations. While I will not go into detail into each story, I do have a few favorites. The opening tale, The Door that Wasn’t There was a nice introduction, setting the tone for the rest of the collection. Fairy tale fans will appreciate the familiar tropes—rich merchants and their daughters, stepmothers and blood curses—but the ending will also surprise you, a reminder that Albert has her own ideas and that she’s working towards a unique vision for The Hazel Wood series. Other favorites include Jenny and the Night Women, The Skinned Maiden, as well as Alice-Three-Times. I loved how the protagonists of these stories are not your helpless maidens, but neither are they always good, kind, or sweet. In fact, some of them are highly unlikeable, and you’d be hard pressed to sympathize with them at all. I also want to note that I’m generally not a big reader of short stories or collections because I prefer more developed characters and plotlines, and the short format is usually too restrictive for that. Fairy tales, however, are an exception. As I alluded to before, many fairy tales are often about something bigger than just the plot at hand. A lot of times, their characters as well as the things they do or feel are also less intrinsic to the story and more about representing something about human nature. I definitely got this vibe with many of the stories in Tales from the Hinterland, and in many cases, the shorter they were, the more meaningful they actually felt, while the longer ones rambled and lost much of their impact. Don’t get me wrong; all the stories in this collection were fun to read, but there were a few meandering, ambiguous ones that failed to hold my attention all the way, like Hansa the Traveler, Ilsa Waits, and even the much acclaimed Twice-Killed Katherine. Still, the good stories were by far the majority. Save for a few mediocre entries, this was actually a very strong collection of fairy tales, one of the most impressive I’ve ever read. Be forewarned though, Tales from the Hinterlands is not for the faint of heart. Personally, I felt the overall tone was even darker and more mature than the novels, but that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much! Like I said, this collection can be read independently of the series, but mega-fans will probably want to seek out the print edition, as I hear the illustrations in it are gorgeous. I had the pleasure of reviewing the audio edition which had no visual component obviously, but I nevertheless had a great time listening to the fantastic narration by Rebecca Soler, whose talented voice acting made each story shine in its own way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    (Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review). 3.5 STARS I said when I didn’t like The Hazel Wood, “If she writes a book of the tales from the hinterland, I’d read it” and I’m glad I did!! I enjoyed this so much more than the Hazel Wood, and although I haven’t given it a particularly high rating, I’d recommend it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Love dark fairy tales! The snippets of these stories were my favourite part of The Hazel Wood and I was hoping we would get the full versions. Very creative and suitably creepy. I loved a few of them and enjoyed all the others, but a couple felt unfinished. Maybe 4.5 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Fairy tales inspired by her Hazel Wood duology, I enjoyed these much more than the books that inspired them! I'd highly recommend these to anyone looking for a collection of original, dark fairy tales - whether you're a fan of her other books or not. Fairy tales inspired by her Hazel Wood duology, I enjoyed these much more than the books that inspired them! I'd highly recommend these to anyone looking for a collection of original, dark fairy tales - whether you're a fan of her other books or not.

  29. 4 out of 5

    talia ♡

    holding this beautiful book in my hands and gazing at this stunning, illuminated cover, one can almost believe that magic truly exists. that was absolutely mesmerizing - i am completely enchanted. to all those readers who do not think Death is a lover...oh yes he is.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    All I ever wanted from The Hazel Wood universe was the dark fairytales that made up that atmospheric world. The book itself I found to be somewhat disappointing, and what I wanted most at the end was the stories instead. Thank the lord that Melissa Albert came through! Full review at A Book Shrew This is a collection of twelve fairytales that are both dark and deliciously beautiful to read. I think it was just the right amount of stories as I was starting to get a little tired toward the end. Ther All I ever wanted from The Hazel Wood universe was the dark fairytales that made up that atmospheric world. The book itself I found to be somewhat disappointing, and what I wanted most at the end was the stories instead. Thank the lord that Melissa Albert came through! Full review at A Book Shrew This is a collection of twelve fairytales that are both dark and deliciously beautiful to read. I think it was just the right amount of stories as I was starting to get a little tired toward the end. There are some clear themes across most of these stories. For one, every single one features a female as the star, which I loved. There's a lot of women giving birth, weddings, lovers dying, twisted magic, and all around macabre and morbid tones. The Door That Wasn't There After a mother vanishes from inside her locked room without a trace, her daughters discover exactly how when their new stepmother locks them inside that same room. Hansa the Traveler After being kept tucked away from the night, the granddaughter of the moon sails to the end of the world to free her mother, a star. This felt like the prettiest and sweetest one. The Clockwork Bride A young girl makes a deal with a terrible toymaker, who demands her first-born child in exchange for lifting an enchanted sleep on her younger brother. Jenny and the Night Women A farmer girl, grown from an apple blossom, takes matters in her own hand to keep her parents spoiling her. This story is where the darkness and more macabre tones really started to kick in. The Skinned Maiden A prince falls for a woman in a bearskin, but is unable to get her to marry him until he takes both the bear and her mortal skin. This might be my favourite because of how chilling it is, with a woman of nothing but muscle and bone and organs. Alice-Three-Times A child born with all-black eyes, she ages all at once three times in her life, and exacts revenge on those who treated her poorly. I remember this one best from The Hazel Wood. The House Under the Stairwell Three sisters complete a ritual to receive dreams that show them the man they will marry, and the eldest's groom is to be a lion in a mask. This felt like a spin on the twelve sisters dancing tale. Ilsa Waits A young girl watches as death takes everyone in her family, and dogs his steps as she grows up until she becomes something less human herself. The Sea Cellar One sister is gambled away to be the bride of a house that none ever leave for the family to prosper, but the younger sister won't rest until she finds out what happens to the eldest. The Mother and the Dagger A woman, desperate for a child, cheats a spell granted by a witch and gives birth to a doll child. Twice-Killed Katherine The daughter of a sorcerer with a green thumb is taken under his wing, only for Death to follow her more closely than anyone else with slippery fingers. Death and the Woodwife A princess born of thorns and flowers catches the eye of Death's heir, who is determined to make her his bride. And few of them lived happily ever after. One thing I was disappointed about in reading the e-ARC? No pretty illustrations! Definitely check out the finished copy because the glimpses I've seen are so pretty!

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