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An anthology of four much-too-obvious short stories about women and marriage. The wrong man at the time, the right one in the end.
The only reason I’ve bumped it up to a “3” is the twists…thank god the poor writing in this at least tried a tiny bit…
“Shadow of Mist” (Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon, 6.5)
Laurell K. Hamilton‘s “Can He Bake a Cherry Pie?” stands the usual fairy tale ending on its ear as Elinore thwarts her father’s plans while using her mother’s teachings to breach the castle and choose her very own happily ever after. Who knew the crust of a cherry pie could have such meaning?
It’s cute, but I suspect Hamilton dashed this off without much thought.
Yasmine Galenorn‘s “Shadow of Mist” is a tragic tale of rape and betrayal even as it honors the power of friendship. The idea of the story itself is good, but, again, Galenorn’s heart wasn’t in it or she had someone else pen it for her as it just didn’t ring through as her usual voice.
I can’t figure out where this short story fits within the Otherworld series, but Siobhan is pregnant and Smoky is married to Camille.
Marjorie M. Liu‘s “Tangleroot Palace” is also a good tale. One I would have enjoyed so much more if it hadn’t been so obvious. It’s probably the best of the bunch with a lovely touch of the fae about it and I certainly enjoyed the Warrior of the Broken Cookies, the Ravisher of Innocent Damsels’ strategy! Very clever.
Sharon Shinn‘s “Wrong Bridegroom” had a lovely moral to it and an artless approach. Perhaps that was Shinn’s intention as a way to point out the childishness of the princess. Sweet with an innocence, but not even the king’s accusations of treason could bring any drama to this tale.
The Cover and Title
The cover is pretty dull with its white background and its cracking metallic red heart. The only frills are a scarce bit of scroll work around the heart and using a script font for the title. I’d have thought that the theme of the stories would have called for a lot more frills and furbelows. But then again, it is rather consistent with the thin quality of the writing.
I think calling this anthology the Never So Obvious would have been more appropriate.