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Enchanted Forests Review

This short story collection was created to raise money for the Rainforest Foundation.


Rating: 4/5

If you go down to the woods today…

You’d better not go alone…


Discover the secret world between the trees where fairies, unicorns and even monsters dwell. Take a stroll through enchanted woods and dance with pixies and dryads by the light of the stars. Escape Baba Yaga and fall in love with a prince in disguise. Taste the fruit at the goblin market and be whisked away on a magical adventure.


Enchanted Forests is a collection of ten short fantasy stories about magical forests and the creatures living in them. All proceeds go to Rainforest Foundation to support their work in rainforest conservation.

 

I was given an eARC of Enchanted Forests asking that I read it and feature it on my page. I couldn't have been happier for this opportunity! I love what this short story collection stands for! Thank you!


If you’ve been following me for a while now, you’ll know I love short story collections. So of course I jumped on the opportunity to read this collection especially after hearing the cause it wanted to help. This short story collection was created to raise money for the Rainforest Foundation. How amazing is that!


This anthology features ten fantasy stories, but what I loved most about these is each of these stories, a majority of the story took place within an enchanted forest setting. I loved seeing this connection to the title of the collection itself. And while I didn’t love them all, I found each of these stories charming to read. I loved the worlds they created, some pulling from the folklore and myths we are already familiar with. Others creating their own unique stories for us to fall in love with.


... what I loved most about these is each of these stories, a majority of the story took place within an enchanted forest setting.

One of my favorites from this collection was The Fern Flower. I loved it even before I learned of its inspiration. This particular story became an even bigger favorite after reading the author’s note at the end. And learning from that note, this story is set in 17th century Ukraine and pulls from Ukrainian cultural folklore. As a Ukrainian myself, I simply loved reading that.


I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy and reading short stories! Plus, this collection supports an amazing charity!