Several things attracted me to Isabel Yap’s short story. The first, if I’m honest, was Victo Ngai’s illustration because:
There is something about fairytales. Folk tales? Not the happy-ending Disney-friendly stories. I’m talking about the ones that feel like they start with an italicized “Once upon a time” and a calligraphic drop cap O.
The Witch of Duva has its own kind of once upon a time.
“There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls.”
It’s been a while since I read a book that satisfied me, that made me hungry for a sequel and reminded me why I love reading.
City of Stairs is – finally – a novel that ticked all the boxes.
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