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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I have been a lover of fairy tales my entire life. Long before I understood the often-dark symbolism, or the deeper psychological terror that runs through most fairy tales, I simply enjoyed how afraid these stories made me. I think this is the attractive point of these tales for children everywhere, no matter the age they grow up in or the country they are from. To find a new story in this wonderful genre is good news indeed. To find a superlative addition to the genre is rare, but The Devil’s Fairy Tale by Greg Stewart is a reason for all fairy tale fans to celebrate. It is something new, in a very old and revered form. I sometimes find great fairy tales from cultures I have not been exposed to, but I can’t remember the last time I saw a modern writer add to the classic form made famous by the Brothers Grimm.
The writing is superb. That is the first thing I want you to know about The Devil’s Fairy Tale. If it were just adequate this would probably be a four-star review, but it is a five. It is a five because the great writing accompanies a great plot. It adds immensely to that plot, while at the same time giving depth to every character involved. That is the essence of the story in a nutshell. All the elements of the story are magnified, integrated, and illuminated by the writing of Greg Stewart. I have only seen this done so well in this genre by the great Neil Gaiman. That is good company to be in.