Title: Villagio Sogno
Author: Richard A. Lupoff
In: The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic (Mike Ashley)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Magic
Dates read: 24th March 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: When she opened her eyes she knew she was in that other world, the grey world of huge columns, rectangular blocks, dust-covered stones and distant blackness.
Two best friends finally get to travel into the city for their first “grown up” excursion. But, as they are about to find out, things aren’t always as they seem in the city, and it may just take a little quick thinking for them to find their way home again.
This story has such a bright, cheerful and kind of happy beginning. It’s two young girls, best friends, going out for the first time to the city and spending a day out together. Something that was so exciting at twelve years old for myself, so I could almost feel the joy and eagerness jumping out of the page. But, this is a short story in a collection of dark magic tales, so I knew that that wouldn’t be the case.
I was expecting something truly tragic and awful to happen to the two girls from the very get go. The beginning was just too nice and sweet. It was too full of promise. So I was incredibly pleasantly surprised to find that there really wasn’t a tragedy in this tale. Rather, the girls are able to find a way to triumph and finish their day in happiness.
This was a great little story that I struggled to put down. Actually, my need to finish this meant that I was almost late to work… it was just so good and fun.