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EARTHCAST

Caught between a witch and a hard place

By Stable, author of The Archive Of Unusual Events

Sep 16, 2016: If you like your fairy tales to be epic, mixed up and full of feels then this is the story for you.

Earthcast follows a strigoi (a form of Romanian vampire) and a golem in their journey to be free. Free of their past and others’ pasts, free from a variety of dangers and mostly free from some terrifying witches. The two main characters grow together as their innocence or spitting-cat-fury-and-paranoia slowly rounds out the edges of each other’s personality. They tumble from one disaster to the next, but through a mixture of guts, kindness, meanness and brains they’ve so far managed to keep their heads attached to their necks.

The writing is excellent and the chapters are long, but what really made this stand out for me is the sheer variety of folk tales, myths and legends incorporated into one story. I’ve always thought I had a pretty good handle on my fairy tales and folklore, but the author Koryos gives us a schooling in the weird and terrifying creations of various folk traditions. The classics like Baba Yaga show up, as well as my favourite mythological creature (the vegetable lamb), but murderer spirit wolves, bannik and domovoi and a whole bunch of other creatures have been awesome to read about and a real education.

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