Through experience I decided to stay a bit away from short stories because they don’t usually work for me. However, when I saw the cover of this book, I had a good feeling about it and I wanted to read it. I contacted the author and he provided me with a copy in exchange of an honest review which I am thankful for.
The stories are interesting because they take place in the four seasons of the year and I really enjoyed the introduction explaining why we have four seasons. The synopsis does a great job at hinting of what to expect in these short stories so check it for more info.
The prose is good and easy to read and the writing is atmospheric according to the season the story takes place in. I thought the stories were middle grade stories when I started reading the first one but then they got twisted and dark into what was obviously not MG fantasy and it was refreshing and unexpected!
The stories do have a connection with each other with a focus on the enchantress from the first story. It was one of the points that I expected more from as I thought they had a deeper connection or what I originally thought was one story. The thing is every story takes a few pages to get into and with every season the experience is repeated again which made it more like starting 4 different books.
The characters are interesting and we get to see different aspects of human personalities explored through these stories and as I said earlier, it has dark twists which make it thrilling to read.
Summary: I think the main problem I had with the book was my too high expectations. The book is a collection of 4 stories with a kind of connection among them. I liked the prose and the characters and I think the dark twists were unexpected and cool.