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Tess of the Road (2018)

av Rachel Hartman

Serier: Goredd (3)

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"Tess Dombegh journeys through the kingdom of Goredd in search of the World Serpents and finds herself along the way"--
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    Turning Darkness Into Light av Marie Brennan (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: Young women who can't quite live up to the family they are carrying around inside their heads. The reasons are different, but the battle is somewhat similar.
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    The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy av Mackenzi Lee (Heather39)
    Heather39: Both are coming-of-age adventure stories of strong-willed young women with an interest in science/medicine. Also, dragons!

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This book was great. I enjoyed it much more than I did [b:Seraphina|19549841|Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)|Rachel Hartman|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1387577872l/19549841._SY75_.jpg|17375239] and [b:Shadow Scale|16085457|Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)|Rachel Hartman|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1405355942l/16085457._SY75_.jpg|21451371], the duology this book is a companion too. I did read those around 4 years ago now, so my memory was a bit foggy. However, this book follows Seraphina's younger half-sister Tess, the one most likely to get spanked, as she decides to desert her family and her impending sentencing to the Sisters of St Loola and runs off in search of an adventure.

This book started off pretty slow. It took about 200 pages to really get going and all of Tess's adventuring. After that, this book was an uphill climb. I absolutely loved watching Tess grow on the road along with Pathka. I loved the expansion of the world that was away from the politics of Serphina. It has the same writing style that gets better as you read. Heartman manages to bring a lot to this series with many interesting characters and instances. It was hard to get into at first, but some of that could have been because of the plot, but it began to either change or feel more appropriate (I'm not quite sure) as Tess grew and changed.

I found the Quoola and their customs incredibly interesting. I remember being a bit underwhelmed with the Dragons in Seraphina, but these little guys were interested in intricate. Kikiu and Pathka were the best side characters. They complimented Tess and Pathka provided a bit of a perspective for Tess's mother while Kikiu was, in a way, Tess. It provided interesting character dynamics on the road. It helped this book capture my imagination and both characters were very well fleshed out and complementary to Tess.

I just enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. It gave a different p[resective to Seraphina, expanded the world, and had amazing characters and mythology. The book felt so original with its peoples and languages and creatures. The whole mythology behind searching for the World Snakes was amazing. I liked how it started out as a fun little quirk making Pathka different from the others in his nest, and later became a central theme to the story as well as Tess's journey.

If it's not obvious, I highly recommend this book. It's completely comprehensible if you've never read Seraphina. you might not appreciate some different perspective or notice a few characters here and there, but it can be read as its own standalone. If you want a spontaneous adventure coming of age, this is the book for you.

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  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
Tess of the Road is a companion novel to the Seraphina duology by Rachel Hartman.

Tess doesn’t have a very good standing with her family. Tasked with helping to secure a husband for her twin sister Jeanne, Tess is often either ignored or blamed for just about everything. After she gets into an altercation with her brother-in-law Jacomo on Jeanne’s wedding night, she loses her place in the family. She finds refuge with her older sister Seraphina for a few days, while she figures out what to do next. There aren’t all that many options. Encouraged by Seraphina, Tess takes the riskier option, though, and does not join the convent, but rather goes on an adventure.

Tess of the Road impressed me a lot. It deals with very complex (feminist) issues in an easy to understand manner that doesn’t oversimplify. And it is still interesting and an extremely readable text that touched me emotionally as well. It’s fantastic.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2019/05/13/tess-of-the-road-rachel-hartman/ ( )
  kalafudra | Mar 27, 2021 |
For all that the writing style of this book drove me a little bit nuts, I couldn't help but be intrigued by Hartman's world building, Tess' ironic and hilarious character, and what would happen with her haphazard quest for the World Serpents. Obviously I missed some of the introduction to Tess' world by not reading Hartman's previous novels set here, but it was relatively easy to get into the story because it is very much driven by Tess and her antics. It's a good thing that Hartman wrote such an interesting character, who has so much to show readers, because without her I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have been able to get past Hartman's glossing over events and jumping forward to the next scene of action. In comparison to many other books in this veijn, which just segue neatly forward to the next important scene, Hartman attempts to fill these gaps (for page/word count if nothing else, it seems to me) with minor denouements which could ahve easily been left out to make the story more solid. That being said, once she gets to the point, the story is lovely and she does an excellent job of putting young Tess through her paces on her path to self discovery. The themes around the Road (yes capitalized on purpose) are particularly well done, since far more novels along these lines focus on male protagonists rather than female. Women can just as easily be trapped in societal expectations (in many cases, like Tess', even more so) and need to discover the unique virtues of exploration and independence through haphazard adventure. By the finale of the story Tess has found her place in her challenging world, but the call of the Road and her need to bring positivity into the world is only just beginning, as she sets out on yet another journey! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Tess is the troublesome twin, the "spank magnet". After she punches her pompous priest at her sister's wedding, Tess realises she has lost all chance of redemption in her famly's eyes, but she is determined to escape incarceration in a convent. She disguises herself as a boy and runs away to the much less dour and religious southern lands, where she hopes to find the freedom to study dragon lore. Of course, it's the journey, not the destination, which counts in an adventure story, and Tess's journey meanders beautifully through her stints as farmhand, miner, monk and tailor, accompanied by all manner of quirky sidekicks.

I loved finding out more about the world of Seraphina and Shadow Scale, especially seeing the hero of those stories through her little sister's less-than-adoring eyes. This novel extends the world building of Hartman's first two novels, so you should really start there, even though this is a different series - otherwise you won't quite understand the role of the shapeshifting dragons or why quigutls are held in contempt by both dragons and humans. This is important because Tess's best friend is a quigutl, and part of her quest is discovering the World Dragons of quigutl lore.

For me, the most fascinating part of the story was Tess's gradual discovery of quigutl culture, from her childhood days with Pathka to her her attempts to challenge established knowledge when she sneaks out to lectures (disguised as a boy) and her quest to discover the roots of quigutl religion. Some readers seem to have found this a little pedantic (because Hartman is somewhat heavy handed about the anti racism theme), but I especially loved the way she developed the quigutl language so that the linguistics reveal subtleties about their culture and philosophy - and the way these discoveries allow Tess to deal with some very difficult issues from her past.

Although this is cast as an aventure novel, the action moves relatively slowly, giving Tess time to move from a gutsy but bitter child to a teen who can identify what she wants out of life and how to achieve it. Teens who enjoy strong female role models will want to follow Tess on her personal journey of self discovery, even if the message (be true to yourself no matter what) is a little blantant. Recommended for all libraries and anyone who loves bildungsromans, dragons and lyrical writing. ( )
  IsabellaLucia | Dec 14, 2020 |
Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scene at her twin sister's wedding where she punched a priest (he really did deserve it), she decides to set out on her own to avoid being sent to a convent. She disguises herself as a boy and leaves her home.

Tess of the Road is set in the same world as two of Hartman's previous novels, Seraphina and Shadow Scale. I think I would have understood and enjoyed this story more if I had first read the other books. But despite the fact that I didn't understand a few things from the previous stories, I still enjoyed this book. It's dark in places....but....the writing is great, the story is good, and I love the main character. Tess is feisty, intelligent and does things her way.

Tess of the Road is both an adventure tale and a coming-of-age story. Tess has to find herself and a purpose for her life. It was so interesting to read about her learning to experience the world and finding her place in it. Tess grows as a person throughout the story. She's a very strong main character...it was easy to root for her as she got into some scrapes and difficult situations.

Great book! I loved the humor, adventure and vivid details in this story! I'm going to backtrack and read the Seraphina novels, and then re-read this one. An enjoyable story, but I think I will enjoy it more after reading the previous books.

The cover art for this book is awesome!!

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Random House via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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Tess of the Road is astonishing and perfect.
I loved Tess of the Road with the strength of a thousand dragons.

It is not an easy read and it’s not a straightforward read but it is a very rewarding read. It’s less fantastical than I was expecting but it is still more than I was expecting in every single way.
tillagd av g33kgrrl | ändraThe Book Smugglers (Mar 1, 2018)
Like Tess’ journey, surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment.


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