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- Print Length: 149 pages
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- Publication Date: May 31, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DEBPDXK
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The First Chill Of Autumn (Shards Of A Broken Sword Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Dion is an interesting character, and I really enjoyed watching her grow. She's not brave and strong and tough--or rather, she is, but in her own quiet way. She stammers when she's nervous and she's prone to fainting when she receives a shock (though not in a melodramatic way so much as an embarrassing one), and yet she's lived with the prophecy that she's expected to die since she was a child, and she's quite all right with it. She knows what's expected of her, and she intends to do it. What a refreshing sort of hero, both strong and weak, steady and uncertain.
Overall, the story was slower in pace than I expected, but featured a unique heroine and delved into some intriguing questions. There were at least a couple twists at the end I didn't quite see coming, which is always a pleasure to experience. While I didn't love this story in the way that I did Twelve Days of Faerie, I definitely enjoyed it and am glad I read it. I highly recommend this series to lovers of fairy tales, unusual heroines, and stories that subvert the usual tropes.
This one is a mix between, "Oh, that was fun!" and "fascinating!" and "how-dare-she-kill-off-that-character."
I like the writing style, the vague magics, the bringing all the characters of the trilogy together, and the personalities. I liked the slow takeover and Dion's realization how wrong she had been. I liked Aerwyn and Padraig and Barric. I was upset at the end, but then I really really liked the epilogues.
But the plot ... something didn't sit right. Why? I'll have to analyze it as a writer, not as a reader.
Was the plot rushed? Dion's story started when she was 3, and hardly more than a scene happened on any same day. That was part of it, I think. We see so many settings that, as a reader, I was unstable.
Also, there was no single bad Fae. They were just a blob army of bad invaders (with two friendly exceptions). Dion spent so much time running and hiding, and I wanted to see her fighting. I wanted to see her making progress. The cause was clear (stop Fae from enslaving humans and send Fae back to Faery), but it wasn't narrow enough. I wanted evil to have a face and a name.
Since it’s a novella, the story moves along quickly, following young Dion from toddler years to when she fulfills her destiny and saves the human world from Faery. I very much appreciated the whole “political correctness” storyline with the faeries and how the humans basically outlawed defending themselves. It was strikingly familiar to some real world historic issues. At the same time, we get to meet wonderful, awesome, lovable faeries and some sides of familiar faeries we really haven’t gotten before. It was a good, realistic balance, I thought, and definitely a take I had not encountered before.
Dion is sweet and brave, having accepted from a young age that she is destined to die for her country. While she starts out naive and too trusting, she is forced to learn quickly. She’s the kind of character we admire most for her heart.
Just in case that opening paragraph misled you, there are no—I repeat—NO LOVE TRIANGLES, okay? There are two love interests (Padraig’s sweet and brave and awesome, but the other one is the perfect one), but no love triangles. There was still bittersweet romance tossed in with cute romance, we get to see Markon and Althea in their banter-filled wedded bliss and Carmine play damsel in distress to his warrior princess, plus Rafiq and Koto be awesome dragons together.
Novellas get taken for granted too much, but this one is definitely a series worth a shot. Magic, quests, and romance mix together in clean fairytale-flavored adventures any retellings fanatic is bound to love.
Still, her other books (complete, normal length ones like Spindle and Masque) were amazing, so I am definitely going to keep reading this author's work.
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