Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cinders by V.M. Sawh (Good Tales for Bad Dreams, #1)

Cinders
by V.M. Sawh

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Good Tales for Bad Dreams - Book 1
Publication Date: November 21, 2013
Publisher: V.M. Sawh
Genre: Dark Adult Fairytale
Print Length: 28 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
Welcome to Good Tales For Bad Dreams, a short-fiction series of re-imagined fairy tales. Each story is set in a different time and place. Some will be familiar, others will not. So, strip bare your assumptions, open your mind and see these tales told like never before.

CINDERS: What if Cinderella was hired to assassinate the prince?

Quote: "Death by god or death by man... but never as a sister of the Black House!"

Please note that this is a short-fiction piece (approx. 28 pages or 10k words) and only a taste of things to come...

(Suggested for Mature Readers)

"Cinders" has a follow-up story called "Anastasia" which adds a little more to background to the Sisters of The Black House.
  

 
Cinders by V.M. Sawh
Remember the tale of the beautiful, yet mysterious young lady with the glass slippers? She stole the prince’s heart, and they lived happily ever after, right? V.M. Sawh’s Cinders is a dark and disturbing version of this same tale, and well, he definitely knows how to twist a tale like a pretzel. Rella wasn’t just an abused stepdaughter and her stepmother wasn’t just a nasty old biddy, she ran a brothel for men with unique appetites and was no stranger to shady deals. This deal involved Rella, a glass stiletto and of course, the handsome prince. Like the femme fatale she wasn’t Rella had a job to do, but will she finish what has been set in motion?

Torture, prostitution and an innocent girl in a beautiful gown all make up a dark and frightening tale far less happy and fluffy then your old bedtime fairytale! V.M. Sawh packs some soul-sucking darkness into his tale with a mastery of words that will give you chills. Vivid and often gruesome details come to life with a clarity that had me cringing, mentally and physically. Not for the faint of heart, but if you like your tales, dark, short and lingering in your mind afterward, thanks to the talent of an author comfortable with his craft, go ahead, take a short stroll on the dark side of make believe.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


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