I've selected another handful of novels in keeping with my previous post on adult fairy-tales. These will surely fill you up with magic, wonder, warmth... and just enough darkness to balance out those luminescent happily-ever-afters.
Black Heart, Ivory Bones Traverse through backwater America, the Italian countryside, the moors of England and still more places that may - or may not - really exist. Featuring stories by Susanna Clarke, Neil Gaiman and Joyce Carol Oates, this book will renew appreciation for contemporary creative writing.
Dreamer's Pool, the first in a series, is a tale about a wise woman/healer, Blackthorn, and her husky yet gentle-hearted companion, Grim. Unexpectedly, they are both called upon by Prince Oran of Dalraida, whose visiting Princess is not at all what she seems.
Fitcher's Brides is based off of "Bluebeard" and set in 19th century New York: a time of religious fervor and community building. Reverend Fitcher has created a haven for the cultural melting pot. Can three courageous sisters outwit him and reveal the horror underlying his plan?
Possession introduces readers to Roland Michell, a poor yet passionate scholar who finds drafts of a love letter inside of an old book. These beginnings of love letters alight a fire in Michell. Upon taking the letters into his possession he becomes determined to find out the whole story.
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel Set during WWII, a Jewish brother and sister are left by their parents to hide within the woods of Poland. Renamed Hansel and Gretel, they are taken in by an old gypsy crone, Magda, who disguises the children as Polish Christians. While not a fairy-tale in its purest sense, this dark, violent story shows the magic of steadfast resourcefulness, kindness and love while under the most evil of regimes.