Tales From Beyond the Rainbow: Ten LGBTQ+ fairy tales proudly reclaimed

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Tales From Beyond the Rainbow: Ten LGBTQ+ fairy tales proudly reclaimed

Tales From Beyond the Rainbow: Ten LGBTQ+ fairy tales proudly reclaimed

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The spell you choose must be of a level equal to the number of creatures that conducted the ritual or less, the spell must of a level you can cast, and it must be in the school of Divination or Necromancy. The chosen spell counts as a bard spell for you but doesn’t count against the number of bard spells you know. Tale of the Beguiler. The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or take psychic damage equal to two rolls of your Bardic Inspiration die, and the target is incapacitated until the end of its next turn. The illustrations are amazing! I found them detailed and rich. The cover has a lot of little images from the stories that are fun to find when the stories are read. It’s so colourful and cheery. The stories feature transgender and gender fluid characters as well as male/male relationships. I would have loved to have seen some more identities featured such as lesbian, bisexual and asexual, but I assume these may have been missed out because they weren’t as prominently featured in the folklore tales the author was able to find. Still, all of the stories were interesting to read! My favourites were The Falcon In The Garden and A Princess And A Prince. These are the fairy tales that history forgot – or concealed. Tales in which gender is fluid and where queer stories can have a happy ending.

Of the remaining five, there wasn't one that I didn't enjoy. They were all well-written and accessible. Some of the stories had a few darker themes but that's nothing new. Traditional fairy tales have always featured death and a bit of gore. It's certainly not a problem and I think it's dealt with carefully here. It's also true that queer people are often exposed to the threat of violence so it's good that these stories don't shy away from the truth. Whatever they might contain, the stories are always ones of hope and celebrate being true to yourself. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. The author took 10 fairy / folklore tales and reclaimed them into stories of adventure, resilience and celebrating LGBTQ+ characters.At 3rd level, you reach out to spirits who tell their tales through you. While you are holding your Spiritual Focus, you can use a bonus action to expend one use of your Bardic Inspiration and roll on the Spirit Tales table using your Bardic Inspiration die to determine the tale the spirits direct you to tell. You retain the tale in mind until you bestow the tale’s effect or you finish a short or long rest. Wood took different approaches to each story, and there’s a really good appendix that explains the origin of each story and any changes made. Often these changes have been made regarding transgender or gender non-conforming characters, to better reflect our modern understanding of gender. All of the stories hold up very well on their own, but that extra information is very interesting to those who might want to look deeper into the story. Firstly, I love the concept of this book! Whilst new queer stories or lgbtq+ retellings are hitting the shelves (which is great!) it’s also awesome to see original stories dug up from history which celebrate queerness. I hadn’t heard of any of these folklore tales before, but the vibes fit right in with the well known fairytales I grew up with.

Tale of the Angel. The target regains hit points equal to two rolls of your Bardic Inspiration die + your Charisma modifier, and you end one condition from the following list affecting the target: blinded, deafened, paralyzed, petrified, or poisoned. Importantly, rather than being reinventions of heteronormative or cisnormative fairytales, the stories in this collection all already feature gay, transgender or non-binary characters, thereby showing that ‘ traditional folk tales about LGBTQ+ people are not a contemporary invention. They exist in every corner of the globe’. As Wood explains in his introduction, he has made changes to some of the stories, for instance to remove offensive slurs or to change stories which involve a magical ‘Shift of Sex’ into stories which ‘ highlight the journey of the characters from gender dysphoria to gender euphoria ‘. The result of Wood’s skilful and sensitive editing is a treasure trove of stories in which characters are able to find acceptance and love. For example, the Brothers Grimm’s ‘The Soldier and the Peasant’ ends with two men living together happily ever after, while in ‘The Girl in the Market’ from Benin, King Dadase’s betrothed Dausi becomes ‘ the most beloved of queens‘ even though her enemies have misgendered her by labelling her a man. These stories are an excellent reminder that queer people have always existed, and that we have existed in every culture around the world. The best thing about any fairytale, of course, is the happily ever after, and it’s wonderful to see queer characters get the literal fairytale ending that they deserve. This is a groundbreaking collection and will be a welcome addition to many bookshelves for years to come.This little book is glorious! I really enjoyed the writing in these fairy tales; they’re a wonderful, positive interpretation of traditional stories that weren’t originally that positive about the characters who changed apparent sex or were in same-sex relationships. The relationships are often touchingly sweet and dedicated, beyond death in a couple of cases. I do have my fave stories in this collection - The Girl In The Market (illustarted by Mario Hounkanrin), Double-Flower Temple (illustrated by Xin Tang) and The Soldier and the Peasant (illustarted by Nontira Kigle), but all the tales were lovely to read.

Ten captivating stories of adventure and resilience celebrating LGBTQ+ characters, published as an illustrated collection of queer classics for the first time. As with all short story collections, there were some that I enjoyed more than others. I think the first story, The Girl in the Market, is the strongest and most enjoyable. A sweet story about a transgender girl spotted by a prince in the market. The prince falls in love with her instantly and wants to marry her. This is the story that supposedly inspired the whole collection so it makes sense that it's so memorable. As I said, all of the stories were good in their own way but I also really loved The Falcon in the Garden and The Soldier and the Peasant. They just felt different and stood out from the rest. For me, The Ivory City had similar vibes to The Song Of Achilles and I was here for it. I also really liked The Dog and the Sailor about a sailor who helps a prince save his kingdom from a witch. Tale of the Dragon. The target spews fire from the mouth in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must make a Dexterity saving throw, taking fire damage equal to four rolls of your Bardic Inspiration die on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. This book has so many positive messages, each story is unique, has its own message, kindness, fairness, equality, acceptance, I could go on and on, but it’s just so wonderful to read so many different LGBTQ tales, where they are the main character and not just cast in a supporting role, they are gloriously and deservedly centre stage, and each one gets their HEA, in one way or another (no spoilers) Tales From Beyond the Rainbow is a fascinating and inspiring collection of ‘reclaimed’ fairy tales which celebrate LGBTQ+ characters and themes. The tales, which are collected and retold by writer, academic and illustrator Pete Jordi Wood, come from across Europe, Africa and Asia, and are chosen to demonstrate the proud tradition of LGBTQ+ stories in cultures and folklore from around the world.

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I loved each tale, there wasn’t one I didn’t love, although I do hold a special place in my heart for The Girl In The Market, The Falcon in the Garden and The Ivory City. This is a wonderful anthology for the middle grade reader , it’s target audience , but also for adults to read with their children, to read for themselves. This book is not just there for the LGBTQ children, it’s their for parents, friends, their whole community to help support them and give a connection. It’s truly a gift. Tale of the Runaway. The target can immediately use its reaction to teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space it can see. When the target teleports, it can choose a number of creatures it can see within 30 feet of it up to your Charisma modifier (minimum of 0) to immediately use the same reaction. Tale of the Mind-Bender You envoke an incomprehensible fable from an otherworldly being. The target must succeed on an Intelligence saving throw or take psychic damage equal to three rolls of your Bardic Inspiration die and be stunned until the end of its next turn. Ongoing Covid restrictions, reduced air and freight capacity, high volumes and winter weather conditions are all impacting transportation and local delivery across the globe. At 6th level, spirits provide you with supernatural insights. You can conduct an hour-long ritual channeling spirits (which can be done during a short or long rest) using your Spiritual Focus. You can conduct the ritual with a number of willing creatures equal to your proficiency bonus (including yourself). At the end of the ritual, you temporarily learn one spell of your choice from any class.

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