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  • Phenomenal!

    This was phenomenal! This is easily my favorite book so far this year. It really is just that good. I went into this book without a lot of expectations. I was intrigued by the book’s description, especially the part about the chicken possessed by a demon, so I was hopeful that it would be a good read. I did not think I would be blown away by this book. If this book is not yet on your radar, do yourself a favor and try to get your hands on a copy just as soon as possible. This book was filled with wonderful and unusual characters. Marra is the youngest of 3 princesses and wants to save her sister who is married to a cruel prince. She enlists the help of a gravewitch by completing several impossible tasks, including creating a dog out of bones. Marra, the gravewitch, her demon-possessed chicken, and Bonedog stop at a goblin market shortly after starting where they find a former knight who joins them on their journey. They soon add one last member to their group, a fairy godmother with limited powers. Their quest is to save Marra’s sister by killing the prince. This is a book where you should expect the unexpected. I loved the characters and the situations that they faced on their journey together were ones I could have never imagined. I thought that they made a wonderful team and seemed to be able to accomplish almost anything when working together. There were some scenes that were very intense and I wasn’t sure how things would work out. I was glued to the pages and found this book to be next to impossible to put down. I would highly recommend this fairy tale of a story to others. I cannot believe that I have not read more of this author’s work. Seriously, what is even wrong with me?! I quickly fell in love with his group of characters and found the story to be incredibly imaginative. This is a book that I know I will want to revisit in the future and I also plan on checking out more of this author’s work. I received an advanced review copy of this book from Tor Books.

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  • Dark Fantasy Fairy Tale

    Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher Fairy tales were my bread and butter favorite books to check out from the library when I was in elementary school. I have continued to enjoy them through the decades and in this book found a dark grim fairy tale more grim than those told by the Brothers Grimm. And yet, the book does have a great deal positive within it. Unsure whether or not I would keep reading…I plugged away page by page and with each page, became more and more immersed in the life of Marra, Bonedog, Penris, Agnes and the Gravewitch. What I liked: * Marra: princess, youngest sister of three, sent to a convent, learned to sew and deliver babies, has a need to save her sister from the fate that befell their oldest sister…but…can she? * The quest that Marra found herself on with impossible tasks to achieve and a purpose strong and true * The accomplishment of the three impossible tasks * Bonedog…a frisky, clattering, creature that doesn’t realize it is not really alive * Penris: disgraced night, found as a slave in the land of the Goblins, his story is interesting and how he joins the group a good one * The toothdancer…oh my * Agnes: fairy godmother who is much more than she lets on – has magical abilities * Grave witch: a medium of sorts but filled magic * Marra’s sisters…felt for them and wished their lives could have been easier * The creatures in all their strangeness and what they added to the story * The gritty feel to the story * That though dark it was not violent…or not much * The rather positive ending and wondering what will happen next in the lives of the main characters What I didn’t like: * Vorling: prince, abusive man, killer, evil personified, deserving of the fate that befell him * The queen and how she bartered her daughters knowing they would suffer Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Tor/Forge for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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  • Another great book by T. Kingfisher

    This is a very enjoyable fantasy, with some of T. Kingfisher's 'trademark' oddities. It does have its dark fantasy aspects, but it is NOT in anyway grimdark.

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  • Interesting, Well-written Story

    T. Kingfisher’s 2022 novel [[ISBN:9781250244031 “Nettle & Bone”]] is an interesting, well-written story. It starts out with the protagonist in a really weird situation, backtracks a bit to explain it and then continues on. It’s a satisfying book to read with some nice, clever bits tucked about here and there. My only notable gripe is that certain things could have used a bit more explanation. I’m rating the book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.

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