Travelling to Arabia as an ambassador from the exiled Fables
community, Snow White is captured by the local sultan who
wants to marry her (and then kill her). But clever Snow attempts
to charm the sultan instead by playing Scheherazade, telling
him fantastic stories from a total of 1001 nights, saving
her very skin in the process...
Nights of Snowfall will
be of interest to all those that have been following the Fables
series since it began. Now, at long last, we get to see the
background to a lot of the characters we have come to know
include the birth and rise to greatness of Bigby Wolf, the
Frog Prince, Old King Cole and the witch from the Hansel and
Gretel tale. While we already know these Fables characters,
and their place in the fairy tale genre, for most of the characters
we have no idea about their origins (the original fairy tales
that we all know and love only showcase the characters in
a brief period of their lives and never go into too much detail.
Here, for example, we learn why the witch kills children and
what drove her to be so bitter.
are also very brief appearances by characters we know well
- like the three billy goats; the Beast from Beauty and
the Beast; and little Red Riding Hood.
me personally this was an interesting addition to the series,
as I've always wondered about the 'real' background to these
characters in the past. It's fine being able to make the mental
jump from fairy tale character to Fables character,
but there were always so many unanswered questions - like
why was the witch allowed to live in the real world and not
the farm, or how did Old King Cole get to be the Major of
Fabletown - why did so many follow him blindly when he appeared
to be such a poor leader.
those who are not familiar with the Fables universe,
this collection also acts as the perfect introduction to the
whether you are a close follower of the Fables series,
or have never read one of these collections before, there
is plenty of entertaining story lines for everyone.