This is an exceptional novella from Angela Slatter that focuses on the lives of extraordinary, magical women in a society that is afraid of magic. Patience is a witch that helps people in Edda’s Meadow with issues that most people can’t. She finds herself in trouble when she has to rescue some naive girls that got caught shape-shifting. Patience must decide between doing what is right, helping these young girls, or what is easy.
Of Sorrow and Such is a deep novella that focuses indirectly on a lot of women issues. There are hints of reproductive rights issues, mistreatment in dating, falling for the wrong man, abuse, and misogyny in this novella. All of these topics are very subtle and well done. I personally really liked the plot line of Patience, a witch, finding a young girl, non-witch, and raising her as her own. Her daughter, Gilly, wants so much to be like her mother, but she just has no magic. Regardless of the two of them not sharing a bloodline, they are fiercely loyal to each other. Highlight section for me was when Patience and Gilly make up to each other. It is just so well written and completely within their characters.
I really enjoyed this novella and want to read more by Slatter. This is probably my second favorite TOR.com novella I’ve read so far. The writing style was a little difficult for me to get completely immersed in but I think that was just my mood.