Creepy and concise in the vein of the most classic fairytales and with obvious comparisons to classic horror novels, this story has a timeless feel. It’s both whimsical and disturbing with a healthy dose of dark humor.
It branches off from the brilliant Wayward Children novella series, separate but necessary reading (just because it’s that good). It works perfectly as a standalone and although it doesn’t have a direct connection to the storyline introduced in Every Heart a Doorway (for which reason I don’t love it quite as much), it really deepened my affection for that book, which was already one of my favorites from last year.
There’s not much else to say except that I love this series and hope McGuire finds a way to keep it going for a good long time introducing the world to a brand new set of fairytales. Everything from the book covers to the chapter titles is a little slice of perfection.