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Tales From the Hinterland

(The Hazel Wood)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,063 ratings  ·  450 reviews
A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve fairy tales by the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country!

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives.

“Lush and deliciously sinister fairytales to be consumed
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Flatiron Books
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Miranda Reads
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Miranda by: Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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4.5 stars

The Door That Wasn't There
The voice she heard was so thin and rustling, she could almost believe it was leaves against the window.
There once was a rich merchant who had a wife and two daughters. When his wife died, he found another. But the new wife was not pleased to be a mother and she locks the daughters in the
My first favorite book of the year...happening in the first month of the year?

It's more likely than you think.

And since usually I end up five starring less than 10% of the books I read in any given year, I was thinking "not very likely."

Dear Melissa Albert: Thank you for making this book (which I basically had the idea for - I mean, you mentioned it in a different book, but I am on the record as saying I would like it to be a real book before even you were, so), and thank you for making it every
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks to the good folks at Tor, you can read "Twice-Killed Katherine" right now:

January 2021, hurry up and get here! (Not just because 2020 is Not the Best!)
Amalia Gkavea
‘’Tales are told of a village so plagued by ghosts that bells are hung over the doors, to keep them from slipping in at night. In certain houses the cooks bake three loaves of bread, two to eat and one to bury. In some towns you would as soon slit your own throat as wear red in winter or yellow on a wedding day. And even kings must bow low when they see a dead man walking, lest the departed take offense and take hold of their hand.’’

Hinterland. A land of magic, darkness, violence. A land for
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)


I want to buy this book and then set it next to me while I sleep in hopes that some magical sh*t will happen

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Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a delightfully twisted collection of tales and fables! From the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country comes the elusive treasury of stories which inspired the events in the series. These are not your mother’s fairy tales, and certainly not things you want to read before bed at night. Melissa Albert has delivered the dark feminist stories from your wildest dreams and most menacing nightmares.

Fans of The Hazel Wood series have long asked for Tales From the Hinterland, the book that A
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
"There was a girl who spoke to the moon. That isn't enough to make a tale, but to her the moon spoke back."

When I read The Hazel Wood back in 2019 I liked it, but what I really wanted was to read the collection of fairytale-like stories that were repeatedly referenced. I know I wasn't alone in that thought, so it was so exciting when Melissa Albert announced she was publishing the entire collection. Some of the stories were ones I remembered from the first book, but others were entirely new to m
Cody Roecker

Deliciously creepy in every single way. "The Skinned Maiden" "Ilsa Waits" and "The Door That Wasn't There" are particularly delightful. "The Skinned Maiden" will chill you deeper than your bones. I just *know* the finished copy of this book is going to be BREATHTAKING.

considering this was my first thought after finishing the hazel wood (besides how much i absolutely loved it) you could say I'm
h o l l i s
I feel like this did for me what neither THE HAZEL WOOD or THE NIGHT COUNTRY was quite able to achieve. I loved the backbone of the author's series, all set around this fictional book of stories, but I think somehow things just never quite connected for me. I liked some bits, others would fall flat; almost like in the telling of point A to point B I would find myself lost and tangled up. But this volume? I couldn't look away.

This author truly shines in short stories. But more than that, she shin
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have courted death and won with the help of a cat
[ARC Provided by NetGalley, my review is unbiased]
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I read The Hazel Wood back in 2018, two years ago, and my only wish was that Melissa would publish the book of short stories mentioned in The Hazel Wood. I finally got my wish, and this was very good, but not quite as good as I wanted it to be.

It was hard to ignore the repetitive themes, mothers, childbirth, evil men and sharp knives. Every story seemed to be about a bride, and every man and boy seemed to be evil. Every re
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of 12 creepy fairy tales reminded me of my first reading of the original stories by the Brothers Grimm. I remember being shocked when I read the actual fairy tale stories where the evil stepsisters cut off part of their feet to make the glass slipper fit, people were executed inside barrels studded with nails, and witches ate children. Disney definitely cleaned things up a bit before making cute movies based on the old stories! Melissa Albert takes the feel of those old cautionar ...more
Feb 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
so happy she's gunna write this!

Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Absolutely perfect! The stories were great and the art and illustrations were stunning. Great companion novel to The Hazel Wood.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
These are some dark fairytales 😈
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah, the Hinterland. Seems like an absolutely terrible place to take a vacation, but the best setting ever for dark fairy tales.

I can’t get enough of Melissa Albert’s Hazel wood series, and this collection of dark fairy tales set in the Hinterland (some featuring familiar characters, some populated by new faces) was no exception.

I don’t think there’s anyone out there doing better work in the traditional dark fairy tale sub-genre at the moment than Albert, who hooked me with her world building w
human [on hiatus]
A series of short stories written in Melissa Albert's characteristically atmospheric style, most of which I enjoyed. That being said, I only really read this because the cover was beautiful I was curious to see how Alice's story ended (spoiler alert: there were no demon princes or exorcisms whatsoever), and ended up feeling pretty bored through some of them. Definitely recommend if you've enjoyed Albert's previous works. ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Tales from the Hinterland is a unique, haunting, and charmingly creepy collection of fantasies. Totally new and not at all like anything I have read previously, this book is filled with captivating and macabre stories of misfortune, obsession, narrow-mindedness, and death. Every story is unique and is just as compelling and twisted as the others. With a few additional illustrations that bring the enchantment to life, this dark collection is one that wi
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This was unique and refreshing in every sense of the word and the perfect introductory piece to Melissa Albert.

'The Door That Wasn't There' was a great starting point to this collection of short stories as I was immediately entranced by the fantasy, supernatural, and paranormal elements that were thrown together and the author's ability in making each short it's own.

With 'Tales from the Hinterland' being the first novel I have read from this author, I am looking forward to div
I have been wanting to dive into this little novella for like EVER! Each and every story within Tales From the Hinterland had it's own little creepiness to it. I honestly really enjoyed diving into this because of how badly I wanted to do so after finish the first two books. There's just something about the creepiness and darkness that just sucks you in. Trust me, it will and it did for me. So, yeah, I enjoyed all the dark things coming my way.

Out of the twelve stories, I don't think I necessari
Amy Imogene Reads
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“This inventive, enchanting collection reads like the fairy tales of old, hushed stories passed woman to woman, before the Grimms came and wiped away all the blood.” -Kelly Link

I don’t think I can write a review that sums it up better than Kelly Link’s quote on the back of this collection. This is a book with wicked teeth, bloody women, and the kind of truths waiting in the shadows of nightmares. I loved it.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't 'want to read', I need to read this! Cannot wait for this 😍😍😍😍😍😍 ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

If you loved The Hazel Wood and The Night Country by Melissa Albert, Tales from the Hinterlands is not to be missed. Heck, even if you aren’t a fan of the series, you should give this one a chance. Filled with stories both wondrous and terrifying, this is not your typical book of fairy tales.

Those familiar with the main series will recognize this as the collection written by the protagonist’s grandmother Althea Prosperpine
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
(Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).
I said when I didn’t like The Hazel Wood, “If she writes a book of the tales from the hinterland, I’d read it” and I’m glad I did!! I enjoyed this so much more than the Hazel Wood, and although I haven’t given it a particularly high rating, I’d recommend it!
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love dark fairy tales!

The snippets of these stories were my favourite part of The Hazel Wood and I was hoping we would get the full versions.

Very creative and suitably creepy. I loved a few of them and enjoyed all the others, but a couple felt unfinished.

Maybe 4.5 stars.
Fairy tales inspired by her Hazel Wood duology, I enjoyed these much more than the books that inspired them! I'd highly recommend these to anyone looking for a collection of original, dark fairy tales - whether you're a fan of her other books or not. ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
All I ever wanted from The Hazel Wood universe was the dark fairytales that made up that atmospheric world. The book itself I found to be somewhat disappointing, and what I wanted most at the end was the stories instead. Thank the lord that Melissa Albert came through!

Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

This is a collection of twelve fairytales that are both dark and deliciously beautiful to read. I think it was just the right amount of stories as I was starting to get a little tired toward the en
talia ♡
holding this beautiful book in my hands and gazing at this stunning, illuminated cover, one can almost believe that magic truly exists. that was absolutely mesmerizing - i am completely enchanted.

to all those readers who do not think Death is a lover...oh yes he is.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
So weird.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much, Flatiron Books and NetGalley, for the chance to read and review this book!

I fell in love with the world created by the author and when I heard she would write a collection of stories, the Althea Proserpine's Tales from the Hinterland I was over the moon! I'm so happy I got the chance to read this amazing book and I can't wait to have the physical copy in my hands to gush over the illustrations!

Tales from the Hinterland is a collection of sinister fairy tales set in this world
These are deliciously dark fairytale short stories. Some appeared first in The Hazel Wood or The Night Country, but others are new to the collection, though still set in this world. Whether you've read the Hinterland series or not, if you like dark fairy tales, this is a must. ...more
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The Hazel Wood (2 books)
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