Having read Faerie Tale in my early teens I was interested in rereading it for a new perspective. It's still the most literal fairy based story I ever read. Lacking even Grimm's polish Fiest goes back to the old Celtic mythology with all it's fascinating ugliness. The story has a dozen characters with complex motivation that moves them to the awesome climax of the book. I can still see why this book made such a big impression on me. The thing I didn't pick up on as a teen is the clunky writing with long descriptive paragraphs about the characters and uneven pacing, with long stretches where nothing happens before everything happens at once.