Book review, fantasy

Book review: The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu

Review in ten-ish words: Each of the short stories was unique, brutal and raw whilst still being magical. 5/5


Warrior women, runaway princesses, faery queens, a post pandemic apocalypse, amish vampires, killer dolls, depressed evil villain billionaires- Do I have your attention yet?

Tangleroot Palace is a collection of seven short stories within the fantasy genre. A debut collection by Marjorie Liu is an award winning comic book writer and novelist. You may have also see her work from Marvel studios.

Genre: adult fantasy
CW: discussion of rape/sexual assault, death, graphic injury description

“Later that night, I burned the doll that killed him.”

My thoughts:

I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to read Marjorie Liu’s debut collection of short stories. I was swept up completely in her world and I loved it there. The collection consists of seven short stories all set in vastly different fantasy worlds.

Each story was brutal and raw whilst still being magical. I loved each of the main characters and the stories were so unique from one another. I also adored the short insights she gave at the end of each of her stories.. Where she wrote them, what was going on in her life, what sparked her idea. As someone who wishes to one day be anywhere as talented at writing these were extremely helpful.

If I am being honest, I was in love with Marjorie and her writing even from her thoughtful and witty introduction. My favourite of the stories was “Sympathy for the bones.” It hooked me right in.

I found with every story I would get a sense of dread when I remembered it was a “short story” and I would need to say goodbye to the people and place I was in too quickly. That must be the sign of a great tale, right?

(Thank you to Netgalley and Tachyon Publications for providing me with a copy of this work in exchange for an honest review. This review can also be found on Goodreads: )

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