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Author: Andrew Van Wey
Publisher: Greywood Bay
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror
Pages: 113

Book Description: “Every tale is born in truth, just as every tree comes from a seed. And so it is in these tales that we learn about life, fiction and fact both leading us along. Which road you choose to follow, which details you choose to believe, I leave up to you, dear listeners.”
And so begin three dark tales at a nameless inn on the edge of the New World. Three stories told in lieu of gold, payment for refuge and a feast. Three tales that may reveal or conceal a storyteller’s darkest secrets.
– The Hag’s Reckoning –
At forest’s edge lives a twisted woman, a creature the children will soon learn to fear. When a prank goes wrong and accusations of witchcraft are spoken, a cruel vengeance is unleashed and a dark reckoning comes.
– The Elder of Aldritch –
A dying vineyard serves as the staging grounds for experiments that seek to unlock the energies of the earth. An arcane scientist, a spoiled son, the perfect wine, and an imperfect murder.
-The Timberman’s Daughter –
A traveling tutor, a beautiful daughter, and a forbidden love turned to terror on one bloody night.

Right off the back I knew this was going to be a good story. I loved the author’s writing style and it was so easy for me to imagine what was happening. As the story progressed  I was drawn in even more, wondering what each of these stories had to tell. They were dark and gruesome but yet so enticing to see where things were going to go.

Nothing could have prepared me for the ending though! I was just speechless as I flipped through the final pages. I had to just sit there for a moment to soak in what had actually happened. Even now I’m still just baffled.

The novella keeps you interested throughout the entire story and then near the end you start creeping towards the front of your seat. And finally the seat is just ripped out from beneath you and you’re just sitting there wide eyed and a dropped jaw.

A gruesome and wonderfully told story and a great introduction to Andrew Van Wey’s writing style.

My Rating: ★★★★★