I had read this one at some point in the past. I remember enjoying it quite a lot. This time I had a somewhat mixed reaction; some stories I really enjoyed and some I was not so fond of.
Ones I enjoyed:
* “Baba Yaga and the Sorcerer’s Son”. With the interweaving of Russian folklore and original story, this one hit the right balance for me.
* “Lady of the Skulls”. A tantalizing story, with rich imagery.
* “The Lion and the Lark”. Probably my favorite of the whole bunch. It wove several fairy tale motifs together, all the while remaining fresh and interesting.
While I think the collection overall is very strong, there are some stories which were less successful at pulling me into their world in such a short space. I’m also not such a fan of McKillip’s modern settings.