Discussion of a few of our favorite writers and what they do best. Why shapeshifting wolves are really just assholes. The sex word is mentioned a few times. Why stereotypical characters and plots will lose you readers.
Where the story shines best is in two areas: the adventure and action scenes and when Stella is on her own. For example, the confrontations with the Shades were very thrilling and compelling.
This is a tale of a woman learning to find her own truth and to speak it, no matter the cost.
Our resourceful heroine is a person of color - something I think we need more representation in our fantasy.
All of these tales feature common fairytale motifs but you'll find their roots are from the original tales - where dangers were real before they were watered down by Disney.
The Dark Wood by Sydney Mann Darkwood by Sydney Mann Stella lives in Noctum, land of eternal night. In Noctum, the stars shine so bright it feels like you can pluck them from the sky, festivals are held for special moons, and the Northern Lights are worshiped every wintertide. But the darkness hides many sins. [...]