Most of the myths I'm not that familiar with, so I can't attest to how 'twisted' they are, but they are all easy to follow with lovely illustrations all the same. And as many of these stories are definitely old school with HARD names to read, let alone pronounce, the fact I could keep everything straight was a miracle.
As I progressed through the different origins of many of the same storyline (how the sun was cast into the sky, the making of humans, etc) it was fascinating to see that many of the same themes and general ideas seem to be the consensus. I've also read Twisted Fairy Tales and have these sitting on my coffee table as a fun decoration for Halloween and have received lots of compliments on how cool these short stories are, and where they can buy their own copy. They're delightfully weird, and will probably sit out all year round now.
Readers may be familiar with these traditional tales of gods, demons, and tricksters but they've never heard them like this before! Fantasy author Maura McHugh revisits the popular myths of Loki, Odin, Cupid and Psyche, and other myths from Africa, Asia, and the Americas -- and gives them a macabre makeover. These gruesome myths of love, treachery, sacrifice and revenge include:
The birth of the Hindu god GaneshaThe creation and destruction of four of the five Aztec sunsThe ferocious revenge of Egyptian goddess SekhmetChina's irrepressible Monkey King Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu who banishes the night
All 20 terrifying tales are accompanied by stunningly dark illustrations that heighten the mood, and will leave readers thrilled, chilled, and eager for more.