I love a good twist on a fairy tale and this one definitely panned out. The author warns that it is not a tale for the faint of heart, that the only story most of us know about Hansel and Gretel is the smallest portion of their tale and possibly the most tame. We get to meet their parents and learn of the terrible beginnings that would set their whole story in motion. This story has child eaters, dragons, beheadings, souls being plucked from young women, a trip to Hell and more. It was a very enjoyable story and I'm glad I decided to give it a try. It was gruesome, but I would still recommend it to kids 3rd grade and up who like a little meat and gore to their adventure stories.