Beautifully written collection of fairytale retellings and poems. The cover is beautiful too, but what captured me are the retellings and the poems. They are breathtaking, full of imagery and magic. They are empowering, mostly for women and young girls, but also, sometimes, for men and even monsters.
Strong women are celebrated, encouraged, empowered through Nikita Gill’s words. From the dedication, “For you, who has never forgotten the magic. It wants you to know it remembers you too,” to the last poem, aptly Called “Happily Ever After,” every tale and every poem turn the patriarchy upside down, reversing it back to the oldest form of humanity, the matriarchy, in which the playing field was level and women and men stood side by side in equality and celebration of beauty in strength.
Many times I whispered, “Wow” as I finished a tale in which the dragons were allies, the princesses rescued themselves, the witch was a healer persecuted by cruel townspeople and their children, the monster was only defending itself, and step-mothers were type-cast and victimized by spoiled princesses used to getting their way.
If you love fairytales, if you like reading stories featuring strong women, magic, and karma settling debts, you will love this book. My only criticism is that I wish it were longer.