Kate Forrester is an illustrator based in Brighton, England.
Divided into four categories-'Tricksters, ' 'The Sea, ' 'Quests, '
and 'Romance'-the 16 tales that make up this handsomely designed
collection are adapted from sources originally published between
1888 and 1929, now in the public domain. Full-page silhouette-style
images from British illustrator Forrester open each tale, framed
within intricate borders featuring fish, gravestones, dragons, and
other thematic imagery entwined with Celtic knots. Witches,
selkies, fairies, and other creatures make appearances in the brisk
tales, which tend toward light humor and happy resolutions. It's an
absorbing introduction to the lore of Albion, but readers will also
enjoy teasing out similarities between these tales and more
familiar ones-the Scottish tale of 'The Black Bull of Norroway'
carries echoes of 'Beauty and the Beast, ' while a clumsy girl
named Ursula features in the Rumpelstiltskin-like story that opens