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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Cinders by V.M. Sawh is a short story included in the series Good Tales for Bad Dreams. Rella works in a house of ill-repute for the villainous “Stepmother.” All of the girls there were rescued off the street and are held in the house, subjected to cruel perversions by the men of the kingdom. When a friendly stranger, Godfrey, arrives and makes the Stepmother a proposition, Rella finds herself swept up in something beyond her wildest nightmares. She is whisked away to the palace for a deadly mission with an unlikely weapon. Can she free herself in time or will she fall victim to tragedy like so many before her?
Mr. Sawh has creatively re-imagined the tale of Cinderella in this short story. The story itself was well-written and edited. I just felt the potential for something greater was lingering in the background. I hope the author goes back and adds some more description and plot details. I did like the ending though. I found it very macabre. However, for a quick read, it was definitely not your normal Cinderella fairy tale. I did enjoy the way the author made it different. Cinders by V.M. Sawh is short, dark, and interesting.