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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Experience six of the world's most beloved stories in a whole new light! From historical to futuristic, these retellings will take you to an enchanted forest, a cursed castle, and far beyond. Uncover secrets of a forbidden basement, a hypnotic gift, and a mysterious doll. Fall in love with a lifelong friend or brand-new crush. Venture to unknown lands on a quest to save a ...more
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Kydala Publishing, Inc.
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Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating an anthology is hard because I really did enjoy some stories while others didn't work for me at all. I read this for S. E. Clancy, as I'm a huge fan of her novellas, and her short story was my favorite. I also really enjoyed the last one. Other than that, these stories were a bit mediocre. I did enjoy them, though, and this whole anthology was very entertaining. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Encircled is a wonderful anthology that brings together six authors' fairytale retellings. Believe me, it's been masterfully done. Upon opening this book you'll find this quote in the Introduction: "You hold in your hands [the authors'] finished product. Encircled is the culmination of nearly two years of writing, editing, dreaming, and hard work.", to which my only thought was "I'm honored, people!". Thus, I hope the following review (more like, my thoughts on each story) does it justice.

In this anthology, you'll find six stories based on six classic fairy tales, retold in a variety of genres from mainstream Fantasy to Sci-Fi to contemporary Paranormal to Historical Fiction.

EDGED IN SILVER by Laurie Lucking
3 stars

A retelling of "Snow White" that reads more like a typical Fae story with elements from the fairy tale than like a proper retelling. Whilst the budding relationship between the Dryad prince and the human girl is adorable, the characters themselves aren't on their own; o
Allie May
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wrote an in depth review on my blog (, but I figured I’d give a bit about each story here.

Edged in Silver 3/5 stars—My least favorite of the anthology. The MC didn’t seem to have any choice in what happened, and all the action happened offscreen. The premise was interesting, though. Just seemed an odd choice for the first story.

A Heart’s Desire 4/5 stars—Loved the set up, and I found the characters interesting. The backstory was rich and established a gre
Teisha Priest
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I typically expect that one or two stories in an anthology like this won't be to my taste, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed them all! Even the retellings of fairy tales that I'm not a fan of like Snow White and The Nutcracker were fun to read because of the creative spin.

The two sci fi stories were naturally my favorites, but I also took a shine to the retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and the twist at the end.

Great anthology for fairy tale and speculative fiction fans alik
Katherine Brown
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing and imaginative fairy tale retellings. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories by these talented authors. The characters came to life before me, and the tales didn't disappoint.
Marie (IfCatsCouldRead)
I truly enjoyed the variety of fairy-tales and the twists on each one. I wasn't familiar with all of the originals, but the short stories kept me wanting more. Each of the authors delighted me with their retellings.
Ginger Solomon
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Each of these stories enchanted me in different ways. Though I had never heard/read some of the original fairy tales, that didn't stop me from enjoying them just the same.

I received this book from the authors for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I liked the stories in this book.
Laurie Lucking
Oct 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I won't give a star rating since I'm one of the authors, but if you're a fan of fairy tale retellings I hope you'll give Encircled a try! Here are short video reviews of each of the stories:

Edged in Silver

A Heart's Desire

The Songbird's Citadel
Lovely takes on old tales

It's been a while since I read the originals of some of these, if ever, but each of the stories stood on their own.
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Tori V. Rainn is a Texas-based fantasy novelist who is on a lifelong mission to inspire her readers through the power of imaginative storytelling. During her creative journey, an array of her short stories have been showcased in various online zines. It all started when she took a writing course at Writer's Village University, which earned her a Creative Writing Certificate. The moment she penned ...more

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