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Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter eARC {5 Stars}

Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter is a novella about strong women who happen to have a bit of magic at a time when the church is really not okay with that. This is the best kind of novella because it packs a full story into a short page count so you can skip over all the slow buildup in the middle of most novels and enjoy every minute of action and dialogue in a lovely afternoon. Even if you tend not to read much short fiction, go check out this story, you won’t regret it!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Of Sorrow and Such from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter eARC {5 Stars}

Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter
Published by Tor.com on Oct. 13th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 160 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda's Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word—Gideon has been good to them, and it's always better to keep on her good side. Just in case.

When a foolish young shapeshifter goes against the wishes of her pack, and gets herself very publicly caught, the authorities find it impossible to deny the existence of the supernatural in their midst any longer; Gideon and her like are captured, bound for torture and a fiery end.

Should Gideon give up her sisters in return for a quick death? Or can she turn the situation to her advantage?

5 Stars

Strengths:

  • I can’t get over how amazing the writing in Of Sorrow and Such is. It just pulls you in and doesn’t let go. I savored every sentence and might have gushed to the husband a bit without being able to articulate to him why I was so in love with this story ;-). It’s just so lovely!
  • You don’t see a story with female characters from young to old very often, so that was a breath of fresh air. Mistress Gideon is the main character and is middle-aged, but there are several younger women with key roles and a nice old lady hiding more than she lets on. I loved getting to know all these women.
  • WITCHES! I normally don’t get quite so excited about witches, but I really loved how they were portrayed in this story. I love good witches that are wise women with medicinal skills that also happen to have magic. There is just something so appealing about that to me and perfect for a fall read ;-).
  • I really don’t know how she does it (magic!), but Slatter fit an entire satisfying story into 160 pages. I felt just as content and full of images and characters when I was finished as I do with a full-length novel.
  • Because of that short page length, the pacing of the plot is fantastic. There isn’t a boring moment, which doesn’t mean that it’s all action, but it’s all scenes that count and that you can’t help but care about. I had serious difficulty putting it down when the husband started talking at me, ha.

Weaknesses:

  • I pretty much guarantee that when you finish Of Sorrow and Such, you’ll be craving and entire series focused on these clever ladies. I know I do! Apparently there are other novellas published previously though, so I’m off to investigate those. Seriously though, this would make a great series.

Summary:

Of Sorrow and Such is a story not to be missed for fans of witches and novellas! It is likely to get you just as addicted to short fiction as I’ve become, so hop on over to Tor.com and check out all the short fiction they are publishing now :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter

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Comments

  1. Thank you for a lovely review!
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  2. Oh wow! The cover on this is gorgeous. And I love seeing characters of multiple ages–you’re right, you don’t see a lot of older female characters in SF/F.
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  3. Wow, this sounds like a great read! I love the cover and am excited to hear that the inside is equally awesome. I’m not a huge fan of novellas, but I’m tempted anyway :)
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  4. Eep! This one’s definitely gotten me excited. It sounds like something I’d love (and the cover is gorgeous, too). I can’t wait to read this :) I heard that the prose itself is very textured and poetic and wonderful!
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  5. Wow, I’ll have to look for this. I like witch stories and your review is awesome.
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  6. Wow – sounds like a great read. Adding it to the list …..
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  7. I loved this one as well, I actually think I need to read more novellas now. The format is so wonderful, not a single word wasted!
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    • Exactly! You can get a whole satisfying story in just an afternoon’s time investment, so great! You have to let me know if you find others this awesome ;-)

  8. Oh! Sounds really good. I have this one, will have to keep it in mind next time I want a novella.
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