Torqued Tales F/F Anthology by Elizabeth L. Brooks

TALES
Torqued Tales F/F Anthology by Elizabeth L. Brooks
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Historical
Length: Short Story (54 pages)
Other: F/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The fairy tales that call to us are those with morals that are as valid in the modern world as they were when the stories first rose to popularity — lessons like: Anything worth having is worth striving for, trust in yourself, and trust in those you love. This collection brings together three romantic and erotic re-imaginings of much-beloved fables (with a lesbian twist!) for your entertainment and amusement, while keeping intact the core themes that have ensured they’ve survived the ages.

In “A Stranger Brought” by Emily Moreton, Tia and Kelly’s happy ending is challenged by Kelly’s father, Tia’s lack of magic, and a deal that will either save or doom both of them. In “Annabeth and the Wolf” by Jo Hart, Annabeth sets off to her grandmother’s house to meet an unwanted fate, but a beautiful shape shifter has other ideas in mind. And in “Dragon Slayer” by Lucy Hallowell, Princess Una must marry the knight who slays the dragon, though her heart belongs to her maid, Bess.

Happy endings aren’t guaranteed to anyone, but that doesn’t stop these characters from trying to improve their odds of finding such a thing.

The premise of “Dragon Slayer” kept me glued to its plot from beginning to end. There’s something very sad about lovers being separated against their will, and this take on that idea was compelling. Bess and Una’s complementary personalities and tight bond only made me root for them even more. They know one another so well that most of their communication happens without either one of the them actually needing to say what they want out loud.

I wasn’t quite sure what was happening in “A Stranger Brought In” at first. Tia and Kelly’s relationship blossoms so quickly that there wasn’t much time to get to know them as individuals. It almost as if this tale was a sequel to an earlier story instead of something meant to stand on its own. With that being said, the ending explained all of my questions and I was pleased with how everything was tied together.

The first-person perspective in “Annabeth and the Wolf” made me feel as though I were also walking through the woods. Annabeth is by far the most well-rounded character in this collection. I was especially amused by her snarky response to the pressure her grandmother was putting on her to find a husband. The chemistry between her and Selene is also not to be missed.

Fairy tales were originally intended to speak to an adult audience. Torqued Tales F/F Anthology returns to this time-honored tradition with three stories that are as hot as they are magical.

Comments

  1. These sound like intriguing tales. I have not read much f/f, but would be willing to try this one. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Alexiisa N says:

    I’m adding this to my TBR list. Seems a great read.

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