My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ivan and his bodyguard stop at an inn and tell their tale to a group of revelers at a wedding feast; a tale of how things are not what they seem to be at first sight.
I really did enjoy this sweet little story which is apparently a retelling of a Russian folk tale. The m/m content is fairly light and there’s no sex, yet the emotion in these pages is deep and sincere. I really did feel for Ivan as he fought to save his friends from the curse, and cringed along with him at the final act he undertook in his tale, letting out a long sigh of relief that it all ended happily despite such violence. I thought the story was cleverly nested in the wedding feast tale; both being tales of things being not what they appear.
I recommend this short story to everyone, especially as it’s free. I found it quite refreshing to read a story that was about the sentiment and not the sex.