Tales of Arilland by Alethea Kontis

25916095In the fairy tale realm of Arilland, stories are told at children’s bedsides–and not the stories you think you know.

Tales of Arilland is a collection of fairy tales, presented in the magical topsy-turvy way that only Alethea Kontis can do. Discover the story of Bluebeard’s first wife (“Blood From Stone”), what really happened to Snow White in those dark woods (“The Unicorn Hunter”), how dangerous the Little Mermaid might have been (“Blood and Water”), and just how far Little Red Riding Hood was willing to go (“Hero Worship”). Included in this collection is “Sunday,” the original novelette that inspired the award-winning novel Enchanted, as well as “The Cursed Prince,” the previously untold history of Prince Rumbold of Arilland… and more.

How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Previously reviewed:

Review: This book is a short story collection with which takes you back to the much-loved world of Arilland. If you’ve read any of Alethea Kontis’s previous books in the series you know the treat you’re in for. If unfamiliar with Alethea Kontis magical storytelling, well then this book gives you a little taster. Either way, you’ll be happy.

Personally I loved The Little Mermaid retelling best but each story is a great read. It’s not just The Little Mermaid that unique tale, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood have very different stories from the ones you’ve heard before – but magical they all remain. For us lovers of Enchanted we also get some extras with ‘Sunday’ and ‘The Cursed Prince’.

I’m so pleased that Alethea Kontis continuous to treat us with visits to Arilland, I adore that world and her writing.

Recommend it?


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