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Nettle and Bone

av T. Kingfisher

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After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra--the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter--has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself. Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince--if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning. On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra's family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.… (mer)
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I love this book so much. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I couldn’t stop. I have never related to a lead character as much as I have here, in a long time. Also this book was witty and cozy in a why I didn't expect. I would read this book a million times over. ( )
  ChaoticGoblin | Jan 23, 2024 |
Writing a fairy tale for adults is a fiddly business. Too light-hearted in tone, and you lose dramatic tension because nothing bad is going to happen to the characters, right? Too dark in tone, and you cease to have a fairy tale and have dark fantasy. That may sound like a distinction without a difference, but I believe they are two different sub-genres. And an author may be tempted to make their characters a bit less complex and multi-dimensional because, hey, it's a fairy tale. But adult readers tire quickly of characters with no depth. Additionally, authors face the temptation to turn their adult fairy tale into a comic novel. This is never as easy as some people think, as evidenced by the number of not-very-funny comic fairy tales out there.
But Kingfisher avoids all these pitfalls here in Nettle & Bone. A non-standard plot that still lives firmly in the fairy tale genre, believable characters who face genuine peril (and most of whom you are not sure will survive to the end of the book), and little touches of humor because life is like that. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Not my favorite from this author, but I did appreciate the "big crone energy" of the story. It was terrific having older women in on the adventure in pivotal roles. ( )
  Greenfrog342 | Jan 22, 2024 |
It has all the trappings of my favorite Neil Gaiman stories - funny, a little bit creepy, and filled to the brim with wondrous and whimsical magic - and adds on top of that a beautiful set of characters who are broken and hurt and assume themselves useless, but who hold each other together as they face down ancient systems of power and oppression. Each of their introductions stand out in my memory, and they each get at least one brilliant moment to shine in the finale.

Stare evil in the eyes and tell it, "You're going to fix what you've broken or you're going to have to deal with my demon-possessed chicken. And my bone-dog." ( )
  AdioRadley | Jan 21, 2024 |
This was fun! Both a bit dark and yet at times light-hearted, it subverted most of the typical fairy tale tropes and entertained. (I think the description had me at "demon chicken".) ( )
  caimanjosh | Jan 16, 2024 |
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After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra--the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter--has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself. Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince--if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning. On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra's family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.

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