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The Door in the Hedge

The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

A collection of four stories, all in an exquisite enchanting prose style. She has the voice down pat, it can draw you in on its own.

Two are retellings, one of "The Frog Princess" and the other of "The Twelve Dancing Princess," in which elements are added that shift the significance of events in the tale. I think the second is my favorite of this.

There's also an original tale about the fairies -- the Fair Folk -- and the last mortal land, where the fairies take infant boys and maidens nearly old enough to marry. And the royal family of that land.

And the fourth one also has some fairy tale elements, a magical hind in the woods, but I think it's the weakest of the four.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), fiction reviews: fairy tale based, fiction reviews: short story collections
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