Short Story Review: A Feast for Sight: A Short Story of Osteria
Good Evening Bookworms,
I hope your day went well. Mine was a little vomit-worthy, so I’m just glad it’s over.
After finishing up The Island of Monsters it was time for another short story read, and you know how I blaze through those, so here’s another review!
This time around it’s A Feast for Sight: A Short Story of Osteria by Tammie Painter.
Fun fact, I got this short story for free by signing up for Tammie’s newsletter.
You can do the same thing too by visiting her website here.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Jonny, what’s with all the Tammie Painter reviews? Well, I’m having fun reading her short stories and didn’t want to stop til I ran out.
This is my last short story of hers on my Kindle, so after this you will see a more diverse set of short stories, but I have to say how much fun I’ve had getting to know Tammie’s writing.
Anywho, let’s get into the review!
As oracles, they should have seen where their tastes would lead.
The oracles of Osteria have always expected an offering in exchange for a Seeing. The Grey Sisters are no different and thrive on trading predictions for presents.
Of course, the best presents are of the flesh, and soon they start convincing their clients that, while a little spilled blood might produce a mediocre Seeing, a slice of muscle would guarantee a spot-on Seeing.
As the sisters’ tale of gluttony ranges from humorous to horrifying, their cravings — and their waistlines — grow. When one meal escapes and the sisters’ tastes are discovered, the people of Osteria demand an extreme punishment.
Luckily, the Grey Sisters have one more trick up their sleeves.
Full of sniping humor, mythological world-building, and a few recipes you shouldn’t try at home, this re-imagining of the Graeae Sisters from Greek mythology is a rollicking and quick escape into a new world.
I gave this short story five stars!
This is the third short story I’ve read by Tammie Painter, and I’ve got to say, her work is consistently great.
This is in Painter’s world of Osteria, and it follows three famous oracles. They’ve been losing their supernatural sense of vision for a while, but when a mysterious sorceress tells them of a cannibalistic way to boost their powers, they go for it. The only problem is, if they don’t stop their gift begins to fade. Will they be able to suppress their hunger pangs, or will their hunger take over?
I have to say, this was wonderful.
The main character was relatable based on her circumstances, and I enjoyed her attitude that gave a little dark humor to the brief plot. The three sisters’ existence is simple but interesting, and I was there for it every step of the way. They really made the story what it is.
The plot was simple and tied to the characters. They are oracles that tell the future. But when they discover a way to amplify their abilities they have to navigate a new way of existence, and that’s tough. The journey was riveting, and I couldn’t believe the ending!
I have no complaints about this read. It was straight and to the point, entertaining, and simply a good experience that I’m not going to forget any time soon.
Definitely give this one a read!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!
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