Review:: An Alphabet of Embers Anthology

An Alphabet of Embers is an anthology of unclassifiables – lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose. It lives in a place between darkness and sound, between roads and breaths, its pages taut with starlight; between its covers, words talk to each other, and have an occasional cup of tea.

I received an eARC of An Alphabet of Embers from Bogi Takács, an author in this anthology and the spouse of the editor, in exchange for an honest review. 

The An Alphabet of Embers anthology was stunning. It’s lyrical, magical and beautiful. The illustrations are beautiful, alongside the stunning writing. It’s diverse in subject matter, language it’s written in, and the makeup of its authors, and it was absolutely perfect.

This anthology has one of the best flows I’ve ever seen, despite the lack of anything tying it together other than the binding of the pages. Every story flowed naturally into the next, and yet has its own body.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It wholeheartedly earns this heart eyes rating.

I highlighted at least one passage in each story in An Alphabet of Embers, but this was my favorite from M. Sereno’s Only Revolutions.

Put your fist through the mirror, darling. We shall inhabit constellations. Let us be together, let us survive.

So let us be together, dear readers, as much as we can, and let us survive that way.

Pick up a copy on Amazon. You won’t regret it.


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6 thoughts on “Review:: An Alphabet of Embers Anthology

  1. I bought this anthology earlier in the year and now I’m even more excited to read it. M Sereno is one of my favourite Filipino writers/artist, so I recommend checking out her artwork too.

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