Book Reviews: The Poison Eaters

The Poison Eaters: and Other StoriesThe Poison Eaters: and Other Stories by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh lordy. I read this one backstage during my last production, and thank goodness these were short stories, otherwise I might’ve missed a cue.

Each story is an effortlessly blazing little pass through a vastly different world, and I love that. I enjoyed all of them, but I have to say that my favorite one was “The Coat of Stars.” It began as such an average little story, and then turned into what could only be described as a classic fairy tale. I thought the most beautiful story in the collection.

“Going Ironside” and “The Land of Heart’s Desire” were a little lost on me- I felt like I needed to know more about Holly Black’s other stories to understand it. But I did enjoy the others, especially “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and the titular story, because they made me think.

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