Title: The Tangleroot Palace: Stories
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Published: June 15, 2021
Format: e-ARC through Netgalley- Thank you, Tachyon Publications!
I know of Marjorie Liu from the Monstress graphic novel series. I love that series but it is very dark and intense. It’s really good though. I just pre-ordered volume 6! yay! haha. Anyways, I saw this one Netgalley and immediately requested it. I didn’t even know what it was about but I knew I wanted to read it. Look at the cover! This is an anthology with seven short stories told by Liu.
Knowing what I know about her Monstress series, I was not expecting a light and fluffy read. It gets dark and intense but she keeps you captivated with the fairytales and magic. These are very unique stories, where some are more intriguing than others, but she tells them so fluidly. She captures the world and makes you fall in love with the characters. I love how she ends most of her stories but you will be wanting more.
Sympathy for Bones – 4 stars
A great story about the lengths you would take for freedom. It was a great story to start with because it let me know how dark and haunting to expect some of these stories to be!
The Briar and the Rose– 5 stars
This is a sapphic Sleeping Beauty retelling. I loved how she twisted this and the whole story was just so beautifully done. This one pulled at the heartstrings!
Call Her Savage– 3.5 stars
I needed much more context. I think this would have been an amazing full novel. There were many things that I wanted to know more about and I think it would have helped me connect more to the ending. It was still interesting and I enjoyed it but I would have loved more.
The Last Dignity of Man– 2.5 stars
This was my least favorite of them all. It’s really gross. There are engineered worms that eat waste and it’s all around gross. We have Lex, who is trying to be like Lex Luthor, to find the hero that will love him. It just didn’t hit well for me. I was glad when this one was over.
Where the Heart Lives– 3 stars
This one was just “meh” for me. A women who is forced to leave her home and work for a witch in the woods. Liu did a great job with the fairytale atmosphere but the plot kind of left me wanting more.
After the Blood– 4 stars
Ahhhh.. a virus that wipes out humanity and now we have vampires and zombie-type creatures. WHAT! Too close to home. haha. She mentions that it was a bit weird to publish right now. Anyways, I did like this one. I love how the three stood up for each other. I like that we got a bit of a romance too!
The Tangleroot Palace– 4.5 stars
I loved all the fairytale/magical stories that Liu wrote in this series. This one I did feel like followed your typical runaway princess and some other things that I don’t want to give away. There isn’t anything wrong with that because I love that stuff. haha! I enjoyed this one but was surprised by how tame it felt compared to some of her other stories.
This is such a great anthology because I enjoyed almost all of these stories! It is my favorite one to date. So many of these stories are just so rich in detail and her beautiful prose. Some of these stories will stay with me. One of the things that I loved was that after each story, she would write a paragraph or so about what influenced it. It was a great addition and I wish more people would do that for their anthology short stories.
Overall, this was a great read and I highly recommend it. I will warn you that they can get dark and intense so just be aware of that. It’s not a light and fluffy read but you get a lot of the stories. Women are awesome. That is all. 🙂
** Receiving this e-ARC has in no way influenced my opinions! **