Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2016
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy, Gay, Other Holiday, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Grant Beaudoin should be thrilled to escape Minneapolis at Christmastime and grateful to lounge on a Hawaiian beach. Instead he is mired in self-pity and drowning in too much tequila. His twin is marrying the perfect man, while Grant is stuck in middle management with no love life in sight. A walk into the rain forest leads to a meeting with a doomed man who has a story about a holiday that predates Christmas. Grant comes to realize that difficult endings can lead to new beginnings—and perhaps a brighter future.
I don’t really know what I expected from the blurb, but certainly not… this.
This story was a surprise, although not a bad one, in so many regards. For one, it’s not about Christmas in the prevalent sense, but about a much older holiday that takes place around what we nowadays know as Christmastime. Koleda is an ancient Slavic winter solstice holiday and also some kind of resurrection story. I wasn’t quite sure why a story about Croatian/ Slavic mythology needed to be set in Hawaii, of all places; and also, the sudden switch from contemporary to legend and lore made for a rather effective going-down-the-rabbithole feeling that pulled me right into the tale. Made me simply throw away all preconceived notions and go with the flow just like Grant ended up doing. After all, what are you supposed to do when you find yourself totally enraptured with a man who claims to be a godly trinity…?
This story was really different; not much of a romance and not very Christmassy either. It was quirky and weird, it required total suspension of disbelief and it entertained me to no end.
(This is neither here nor there, but the MC and his twin brother’s names took the biscuit for me. I mean, a guy named Grant whose twin brother is called Ulysses…come on, what were their parents thinking?)
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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