Often Yolen explores the unexamined role of women in classic tales. One of three stories drawn from Arthurian legends tells of an island of women famed for sword-making and how they produce the most famous sword of all. In “Lost Girls,” a modern-day Wendy, whisked off to Neverland, is appalled at the sexism and narcissism of Peter and his boys, so she organizes all the other Wendys (abducted from various periods) into a feminist labor movement. Not all the stories allude to specific antecedents, though; an excellent ghost story is set in rural Scotland, and others feature Edgar Allan Poe, Queen Victoria and even Geoffrey of Monmouth. Yolen seems to have had fun writing many of these, and the fun is contagious.
Photo: Jason Stemple
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY includes the book among their Holiday Picks.
For a Quick Read – A collection of magical short stories that provide opportunities to escape with new visions of familiar characters and traditional tales in one’s limited time.
Firstly, I was very lucky to win e-book copies of new release The Emerald Circus and a new edition of fantasy classic The Forgotten Beasts of Eld in the wonderful Witch Week giveaway, hosted by the lovely Lory at The Emerald City Book Review. Thank you Lory!
For more info on THE EMERALD CIRCUS, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover design by Elizabeth Story
For more info about THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Thomas Canty