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Publisher's Summary

In the fairy tale realm of Arilland, stories are told at children's bedsides - and not the stories you think you know.
Tales of Arilland is a collection of fairy tales, presented in the magical topsy-turvy way that only Alethea Kontis can do. Discover the story of Bluebeard's first wife ("Blood From Stone"), what really happened to Snow White in those dark woods ("The Unicorn Hunter"), how dangerous the Little Mermaid might have been ("Blood and Water"), and just how far Little Red Riding Hood was willing to go ("Hero Worship").
Included in this collection is "Sunday" the original novelette that inspired the award-winning novel Enchanted, as well as "The Cursed Prince", the previously untold history of Prince Rumbold of Arilland...and more.
Woodcutter enthusiasts will rejoice at this opportunity to delve into the secret worlds beyond Kontis's intricately woven fantasy novels. If you are not a fan yet, you will be!
©2015 Alethea Kontis (P)2017 Alethea Kontis
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Critic Reviews

"This collection is the fifth book in the Arilland series, which combines the Woodcutter Sisters books and the Trix Adventures, offering alternate views of folktales with new characters and ideas. Narrator Gabrielle Baker's deep, reedy voice gives earthy weight to Kontis's stories. Her atmospheric delivery, measured pacing, and empathetic characterizations work well with Kontis's prose, building a world of vivid landscapes and complex beings. Knowledge of Kontis's earlier books may aid readers in understanding the scope of these tales, but this collection is enjoyable for those unfamiliar as well." -- AudioFile 
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa Guertin on 12-21-17

Fantastic Fairy Tales retold

This was a great listen. I adore fairy tales in all their forms, but especially the originals with their often dark endings. Tales of Arilland fits perfectly with the classics with new spins on Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, The Frog Prince, and so many more. This was a delight to read/listen to. The narration added a sparkling layer to the author’s amazing stories.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-30-18

The dark side of fairy tales

Beautifully written book. I've always loved the retelling of familiar stories. Some of these are just a little too dark for my taste, but I enjoyed most of them immensely.

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