Daughters of Change
by Teressa Wilde
Teressa Wilde is a new author from Minnesota. Her debut work of short fiction, Daughters of Change, is a
collection of four stories that deal with relationships. The first, "Huldre," is a modern retelling of the Norwegian
folktale of the huldre, beautiful women who grow a cow's tail. In Wilde's story, Sigrid finds that she is from a
line of enchantresses who come into power when they experience their first sexual attraction and grow a long tail.
But Sigrid finds that there is more to her power than her tail and with it comes patience.
Similarly, the last story in the collection, "Kiss Me," is a twist on the Frog Prince, and will leave readers
smiling. The two stories in between are "The Firewitch" and "The Succubus." Both stories also deal with inherited
powers. "The Succubus" contains a surprise. The longest story of the lot, "The Firewitch," is a complex fantasy
novella that casts some fairy elements in a dark light while creating new images of timeworn baddies such as ogres,
witches, and sorceresses. Even Wilde's gypsies and monks are freshly drawn.
Daughters of Change is currently available as an ebook from Lyrical Press. Teressa Wilde has proven that
she can bring ancient lore and myth into the twenty-first century, creating believable new characters in well-plotted
stories. I encourage her to try her hand at a fantasy / romance novel next. I'm sure she will deliver it with
NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of
The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book.