Leaving Birds by Virginia King.
I really enjoyed reading the collection of folklore tales in Leaving Birds. I really loved the story Peig’s Place because it was spooky but emotional and some of the scenes with Peig in them were well described. Overall, all of the stories were interesting and gripping to read.
The book itself contained three stories called The Woman with Hair of Gold, Peig’s Place, Polly’s Folly and an article called Serendipity Rules.
The Woman with Hair of Gold
This story is about Gilder, a mysterious woman with long golden hair that men admire. But one night one of her admirers comes to her home to ask for her hand in marriage. However, upon her refusal and the gift she bestowed on him he storms out of her home. Will he be back to try his luck again? Or seek revenge because she turned him away? Read this book to find out.
This is a dark but interesting short story and in some way reminded me of how a dark modern day Rapunzels could have been told. Gilder is a very interesting character with enchanting hair. She’s easy to imagine while reading this story. I think if you like dark modern fairytales retold you would very much enjoy this story.
Faith and Minnie were going on holiday together, take a break from work. However, Faith ends up holidaying alone in an old house. She’s given a key that doesn’t work and told Peig might visit. However, while in the house she starts to hear things. Is this a supernatural energy? Or just a trick of her mind? Read this story to find out.
I loved the author’s use of description and emotion throughout this story, especially when it came to Peig. This was one of my favourites.
Polly Folly, is the song that tells a story about: What happened to Polly? This is explained and is very interesting to read about. I had to look up the song after to hear it. It does give you shivers when you listen to it being sung.
I loved that Virginia explains after every story where her inspiration came from and how this linked to her other books. I could really see her passion for folklore shine through and how much work she does to research the topic, so her stories give readers a real sense of the subject.
If you like dark or retold fairytale or folklore from way back when then you will love this collection of dark tale.