Of Sorrow and Such

Angela Slatter. Tor.com, $12.99 trade paper (160p) ISBN 978-0-7653-8526-0
In a land much like medieval Europe, at a time when witches are burned for their talents, Patience Gideon lives the life of a humble herbalist in the town of Edda’s Meadow, keeping the extent of her powers to herself. When her quiet life is disturbed by Flora, a fellow witch who has been attacked, Patience risks her life and her sanctuary to save her. Unfortunately, Flora is small-minded and vain, and her foolishness leads to Patience’s capture and the end of her peaceful time in Edda’s Meadow—and nearly costs Patience her life. This short novel bridges the events of two other stories, “Gallowberries” and “Sister, Sister” (neither included in this volume), and feels more like part of an ongoing series than a stand-alone tale, perhaps because it hints so well at adventures past and more yet to come. But it’s a quick, fun read: enthralling, clever, and deliciously complex. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/31/2015
Release date: 10/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
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