Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales

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I fell in love with this book the moment I saw the cover. It is difficult to review a collection of old fairy tales for its content so I will try to focus on the more physicals aspects of the book since this is probably more of a collector’s piece.

This is, as the title suggests, a beautiful collection of Celtic fairy tales. They are slightly updated from the original tales to appeal to modern audiences. Though I am not familiar with the source material for this collection, there is a list in the back of the book that tells you where you can find older versions of these stories.

The collection contains sixteen tales under four headings: Tricksters, The Sea, Quests, and Romance. There is a gorgeous, full-page illustration by Kate Forrester at the start of each story, but I was slightly disappointed that there are no illustrations within the text of each tale. The collection is fairly short at around 175 pages, but it feels like a sturdy, well put-together little book. It is not a comprehensive bind-up of tales, but it is a nice teaser for those interested in this culture and want a beautiful looking addition to their fairy tale shelf.

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