ACROSS THE WALL
One must not read the book expecting all the short stories to be set in
the world of the Abhorsen trilogy, except “Nicholas Sayre and the
Creature in the Case”. I honestly would not have given the book a chance
if not for the abovementioned story, which features my favorite
character in the Abhorsen trilogy.
Most of the stories do have an
element of fantasy and/or science fiction. Two stories were inspired by
Arthurian legend, two are parodies of the fantasy genre, one was
inspired by Westerns, one a fairy tale set in modern times. But
interestingly, it was the stories with barely a mention of fantasy that I
liked most - “Charlie Rabbit”, a story of children in a war-torn
country, and “The Hill”, about family and legacy. Still, my most
favorite in the collection is “Three Roses”, about roses and love.