marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Harrowing the Dragon

Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia A. McKillip

A collection of short stories.  Arranged chronologically, which was, perhaps, not wise because some of the earlier ones are weak.

We have a charming mundane version of The Snow Queen.  A retelling of The Singing, Springing Lark -- not Beauty and the Beast, whatever the blurb says.  A comic little tale about a prince, a princess, a rose, and a troll.  The unraveling of the mystery of Romeo, Juliet, and Paris's deaths by the watchman told to do it.  A mediation by the Frog Prince (who was actually a toad) after his disenchantment and marriage.  A modern day set of witches containing a monster.  A sorcerer's son meeting Baba Yaga.

One harrows a dragon rather than slays it, BTW; that is, one encourages it to leave the vicinity and settle somewhere more wild.

All in her singing prose.
Tags: fiction reviews: contemporary fantasy, fiction reviews: fairy tale based, fiction reviews: high fantasy, fiction reviews: short story collections

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