We're all afraid of monsters. They coil in our subconscious, slither along the edges of thought. Still we creep to the crackling fire to whisper their stories. Love Devours is a collection of new fables for queer women, extracted from the bones of the dark: ominous fairy tales, sinister myths, dystopias rife with nightmares. But in the midst of monsters, love still struggles to find the light. (book blurb)
Short stories are one of my favorites. And fables inspired by mythological monsters? Color me intrigued! Here's a quick recap of what I thought of each story:
Far - Mana and Far are a couple, who live in a city with no name. Far is unhappy and asks too many questions, which makes Mana nervous. Mana brings Far back from the After, then disappears. Can Far find her? This one didn't really work for me, as I had to read the ending more than once to try and understand what had happened.
The Witch Sea - Meriel is a witch, tasked with maintaining a curse to protect the world. It is a lonely life, until Nor shows up on her island. Nor was sent to try to get Meriel to remove the curse. Enjoyed this one as Meriel and Nor are both interesting characters, and I really liked the ending!
Seek - Seek is a Lady Knight, on a quest to win the beautiful princess Ella. She goes to a powerful sorceress for help in getting a tale fit for a king from the Sea Muse. Really loved this one, especially the ending!
Our Lady of Wolves - Kelly's village is being attacked by shadowy monsters, so she makes her way to the abandoned church of Our Lady of Wolves to plead for help. Triste shows up the same night, when no stranger has visited the village in over 30 years. An answer to Kelly's prayers, or coincidence? Very satisfying story!
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark - The Rapture happens as Kate and Celia are walking home from school on a Tuesday afternoon. At least, they assume it's the Rapture as people simply disappeared, leaving behind little piles of clothing. But if it was the Rapture, what's going to happen to those left behind? Another good addition to the collection!
The Forever Star - Elaine is a star maker. After watching star after star burn out and die, Elaine decides to leave her sister world-makers. Maggie is a mechanic, doing her best to protect her city from her world's dying sun. The city's reactor is failing, so it's only a matter of time. Then Maggie finds Elaine, unconscious in an alley, and takes her home to protect her from the next solar flare. This one had a simple beauty that I really liked.
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection and think that Sarah is a talented writer! Even the first story wasn't bad, it was just that the ending was a little confusing for me.
These stories all feature lesbians, but there aren't any gratuitous sex scenes and I liked how the relationships are so matter of fact. Yeah, they're lesbians, but there's no preaching so I hope that doesn't stop anyone from enjoying the stories.
All of the stories are wonderfully original, but think that Seek and The Forever Star are my favorites. Glad that I gave this one a chance!
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review