Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)
Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert is a magical, dark, and highly imaginative collection of fairytales. These fairytales were first introduced in Albert’s duology (The Hazel Wood & The Night Country) and are here fully revealed. They are reminiscent of old fairytales—the ones that contain warnings, the ones that are both creepy and fascinating at the same time. Think of fairytales before Disney took them and always promised a happy ending.
I liked Albert’s duology and knew I had to read the full tales. I was not disappointed, enjoying every story. They were all unique and unlike other fairytales I have read. My favorite story has to be “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” (p. 145). I was intrigued from that very first line, and, without spoiling anything, I loved the way it ended. In addition to the writing, the book itself is beautiful. The beginning of each story features a red, black, and white illustration. The following pages are decorated with a border that relates to the story. Overall, this book is fantastic. If you like twisted fairytales where even Death himself can’t make things stay dead, this is definitely a book for you!
Available through the Bridges Library System