Review: Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter
3.5 Stars , Reviews / June 30, 2016

Rarely am I so unsure about how I felt about a book. I’ve let a little time pass (about a week) since reading this to see if I could better sort my thoughts on it. But I am still finding it hard. Slatter’s prose is simple, to the point, and yet somehow not plain or boring. She creates a very realistic narration for a well spoken and intelligent character. I would say her words are precise in the most interesting of ways, with little to nothing extra. Mistress Gideon is a witch, but she lives in a time and place where such things are not tolerated or talked about. If anyone knows or suspects her, they certainly don’t discuss it. She is doing good for the community, treating and healing their sick, carefully hiding her true witch-y nature. However, when a shapeshifter gets caught, the supernatural world can no longer be denied and of course, the story goes as it these tales of witches and supernatural beings often does. The fear of the unknown drives humans to immediately go on a literal witch hunt. People known or suspected of supernatural abilities are rounded up and locked up. Instead of looking for understanding…