As a child I was always drawn more to the darker and sadder fairytales like Hansel and Gretel, The Little Match Girl and The Ugly Duckling. And this book sang the same tunes that I loved growing up so I was enveloped in a cozy mist of nostalgia.
Since I really enjoyed the Wicked trilogy, of course I had to read this novella! This will be a short review for a short book though. If I write too much about it I’ll probably spoil the whole book. So I hope you’ll enjoy this mini review^^
An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.
Ok, I know it took me WAY to long to get here. But I have loved Holly Blacks books since I was 14 years old and read Tithe. And that made me a bit apprehensive about reading The Folk of the Air since it is from the same world. What if I would not like it and it would taint my love for the Modern Faerie Tales Series? But I finally took courage and read The Cruel Prince, and here’s what I thought:
As always, Roshanis book is a work of art. I am in love with the magical world she has created. Even the darker parts of it I find dazzling. Sometimes I swear I can feel the texture of fabrics, tastes of fruits and the scent of night.
This book is fast paced, uncomfortable, beautiful and brutal. Janneke has spent 100 years as a thrall in Permafrost, the land of the goblins, after her family was slaughtered and the lands burnt. She was first owned by the insane and torture friendly Lydian for a short time, who later passed her on to his nephew Soren where she has remained. When the Erlking dies the hunt, or slaughter fest, begins to find out who will become the new Erlking. The strongest will win and anyone is fair game. Now, let’s dig into it! //Grimmsnaught
The second book in the Flame in the Mist duology. This one too was deliciously slow paced and engaging. Ahdieh has a magical way with words that can convey the workings of a characters mind and their growth during dark times in a beautiful way. //Grimsnaught
We follow the daughter of a prominent samurai Mariko as she begins her journey to the capital to meet her future husband, the son of the emperor's favourite consort. She is attacked on the way when her entourage is travelling trough a forest known as the ”yōkai” forrest. She survives and will now try to infiltrate the clan who she believes attacked her to find out why and prove to her family that she is more than just a girl to be traded of as a priced horse for political gain. //Grimmsnaught
Mirage is a good book, but after finishing I just had one question. Did I get the movie-version? I love to read books to get the deep emotional inner journey and struggle of the characters that is hard to get from the silver screen. But I feel that we did not get the full journey! Time-jumping and making room for unnecessary fanservice makes me feel as we barely skimmed the surface.. If you've read and seen Harry potter you might understand. The movies miss a lot that the books have. And in the case of Mirage, the book feels like the movie. //Grimmsnaught
Spoilerfree review of An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. It made me smile! // Grimmsnaught