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5.0 out of 5 starsDelightful world building, great characters and lessons to be learned.
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2018
6 stories with worlds built around Fae mythology. I love reading this author because she knows her mythology so well she weaves into the story so effortless. The characters are interesting. I would love to read longer stories about the world and characters she created in these shorts. I love the way she wove in real-world lessons for each story. What a great way to escape sitting in the doctor's office or taking a break, or, just because. Highly recommend and will be watching for more.
5.0 out of 5 starsAll about Faeries and their world
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
Ronel Janse van Vuuren's Once (2018) is a smorgasbord of creative, awe-inspiring stories about faeries and humans and what happens when they stumble over each other. Sixteen stories with names like "Purple Sparks", "Rumour Has It", "The Field Mouse", and "Wishmaster"--each as enticing as the one before.
Probably my favorite is the first--"Queen of Ice"--where the faerie queen gets herself into a pickle of trouble when she is distracted by her human lover. This endangers both her world, the mortal she loves, and the world he ultimately thinks will provide his escape. How she resolves this is fascinating. My favorite fun story is "The Fae of Bremen" where several fae animals get caught in the desert and must come up with a way to survive. Other favorites are "The Ashiest Princess" (just think on that for a moment) and "Blood and Ice". I'm not too educated on fae so I appreciated van Vuuren's preface. It provided a one-page primer on fae and their worlds for those like me who don't understand this mystical world.
Overall, a fun collection of stories to fill free moments in your days with wonder and fantasy.
5.0 out of 5 starsOnce...Tales, Myths, and Legends of Faerie by Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Reviewed in Germany on May 25, 2018
Once, Tales, Myths, and Legends of Faerie written by author Ronel Janse van Vuuren is a beautiful collection of short stories about Faerie Land. Van Vuureninvites you to enter the world of make-believe, where things are not as they seem; where animals and nature are portrayed to show us that life changes, and new beginnings begin.
Sixteen different stories of tales, myths, and legends, with a motive behind them and a lesson to be learned. I was so impressed by the author’s selections that she included in her book that I invested and bought a copy, although I had an ARC copy to review.
Van Vuuren has an effortless style that captures a reader. In my opinion, she presents lessons that one should learn. These are stories that apply to life. They encourage those of us who have made decisions, which have thrown us forcefully into forgetting the past and moving on to something new as in The Fae of Bremen or the initial story, Queen of Ice, or Rumour Has It. The book is well-written and well-crafted and well-worth reading.