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"Yarrow, Sturdy, and Bright": A Mediocre Throwback to Grimm's Fairy Tales

Samie is a voracious reader who enjoys getting lost in the fantastical futures of the science fiction genre.


"Yarrow, Sturdy, and Bright" by Devon Monk

So I’ve been reading The Tommyknockers by Stephen King lately and whoa! That is such a long book. I must take a break to read some shorter and maybe more uplifting stories. So I decided to read a fantasy short story. This story I chose is from a random dark fairy tale collection called Once Upon a Curse. The story is called "Yarrow, Sturdy, and Bright" by Devon Monk.

So what is it about? Well, it’s a brand new fairy tale written in a Grimm fairy tale style. It tells of Yarrow, a teenage girl whose lover has left and never returned. He had promised to go to the mountain to kill the Pied Piper, who has taken so many children. Encouraged by her grandmother, she goes on a quest to get him back and stop the Pied Piper.

  • The good? The story feels like a Grimm fairy tale. To a genre newcomer, it would be able to tell this one apart from the other fairy tales. Another thing is this story does borrow elements from "Red Riding Hood" and "The Pied Piper," but it really does feel more like its own thing opposed to a re-imagining.
  • The bad? There isn’t much bad to say, but the story is very meh. Yes. It has dark elements, but not as dark as one would hope. The characters are shallow. Not much exciting happens. The story isn’t bad. It’s just very mediocre.

Overall, it’s a nice throwback to classic fairy tales. But after all is said and done, it is a very mediocre story that is not really worth your time. It offers nothing new. Only check it out if you stumble across it

Overall Review: A mediocre throwback to Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Rating: 2 smoothies out of four.

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