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Nettle & Bone

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because this book really is a dark fairytale about abuse, and the things that not only abusers do, but the way in which they also abuse power so that nothing can seemingly stop all the cycles in the world. This book is a modern classic and belongs alongside The Last Unicorn and Spinning Silver on your shelf. The earliest cuts were no longer bleeding, but the edges had gone red and hot, with angry streaks running backward over her skin.

Thank you so very much to the publisher, Tor and Macmillan Audio, for providing me with a copies to read and review. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.And I’ll even forgive the unnecessary romance subplot - at least it had the decency to stay well in the background.

This is the second time one of my favourite authors tackles this difficult topic, as Marra's mission is driven by her desire to save her sister from her abusive husband.She questions and then eventually challenges the inevitability of men, especially when it comes to a sense of entitlement to women’s bodies. Highly recommended for fans of fractured fables like Naomi Novik’s Uprooted (2015) and Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread (2019). the themes, the atmosphere, the traveling, the quests, the goblin market, the revenge, the demonic chicken… it was just all perfect to me.

There are always fine bits of humor and multi-faceted characters chasing well thought out actions and challenges.so i think readers who enjoy fairytales (especially the spooky kind) will have fun with this, but i personally wanted more depth and exploration. Luckily, along the way Marra is joined by the dust-wife, a banished knight, a sketchy fairy godmother, the bone dog and a chicken possessed by a demon 🐓, all willing and happy to help her commit regicide. The villain is very much a background character who gets only a few lines of dialogue and two or three short appearances in the whole book. Marra enjoys her life there as she has more power and freedom as a nun than as a princess of the realm. Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince-if she can complete three impossible tasks.

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