This book has it all: plague ridden princesses, embroidery, random sludge filled holes in the ground, roast dolphin, strange stars/comets in the sky.
Overall, one of my favorite reads for fall, The Kingdom of Little Wounds is a beautiful dark fairy tale. Comprised of little vignette style chapters focusing on various characters (the aging queen, the wronged seamstress, the devious count), that are almost stand alone little short stories in their own right. Cokal’s prose weaves an amazing tableau for the reader; I found it easy to envision this kingdom on the verge of downfall as I devoured the pages.
Definitely not a fairy tale for children (some violence and disturbing scenes)– think along the lines of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked trilogy, I appreciated Cokal writing something that straddled the line between outright fantasy/sci-fi and historical fiction. As I want to avoid giving away too much of the plot, but needless to say this one was difficult to put down. Don’t expect heroines who need saving, or any other predictable scenarios!
Have to admit that I was a little surprised that the Kindle price for this one is almost $15— spring for the hard cover, it’s about the same cost and you’ll be able to re-read your favorite parts.
xo The Book Bird