I took a break from “The Count of Monte Cristo” to take in Ruth Nestvold’s “Never Ever After,” a brief collection of three short stories you can pickup for .99 at Amazon.
I’ve been impressed with Ruth‘s SF in the past, but don’t remember reading her fantasy work.
The first and third stories (“A Serca Tale” and “Happily Ever After Awhile”) are solid pieces that would make the collection satisfying all by themselves. But I found the middle piece, “King Orfeigh,” to be something special. It’s a good story, very well told–and it raises itself in my eyes for Ruth’s subtle and sublime characterization.
If you’re a fantasy reader at all, this is a really nice and quick read. Definitely worth the investment.