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- Print Length: 300 pages
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- Publisher: W.R. Gingell (May 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TBAY59M
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- Lending: Enabled
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Not every move Rose makes is wise, but I can happily say that she's NOT one of those TSTL heroines that make me groan, "She's not seriously going to ... She is!" As usual with Gingell's fantasies, I enjoyed spending time with her cast of characters, from Rose herself and the wolf/man called Bastian (who becomes less self-serving despite his desperation to break his curse), to the crusty Akiva (whose idea idea of teaching is often simply giving Rose opportunity and reason to discover for herself how the living magic works), to Rose's family, friends, and village beaux for her and sister Gwendolyn -- and perhaps even their widowed mother.
I do need to get at typing up a list of the minor goofs I noted -- several cases of I-should-be-me and a few other things -- to pass on for correction, but they were neither confusing nor frequent enough to take me out of the story, so I have no hesitation about recommending it to anyone who wants a light and young-at-heart (but teen-angst-free) fantasy.
Bastian is a bit old for Rose, but at least he has been cursed. Maybe he's not really that much older.
I loved the end with the tricky magic hut and curse breaking and forest revenge. There was just a splash of romance and nothing inappropriate. Nothing too violent, either.
Every character has their own personality, which I like, even the salamander and the garden patches. I was smeptical about reading this book because it just didn't sound interedting. A tom girl living in the forest? A cursed wolf? I had no idea there would be gryphons and wardens and leafy hood anchors and village dances with dryads and deep forest off the paths. I have no idea if there was much of a government or taxes or anything beyond the village and forest, but I loved the ideas the readers did see.
Rose is a chatty young girl when first you meet her. It's in the first person, so it took a little getting used to her chatty narrative. She's got a big imagination and wants to be a pirate called Cutlass Rose so she could keep her older sister in satin and pearls.
The narrative changes as she gets older. You're there throughout the years with her and the changes are subtle until she's thinking in a more mature narrative. It's really quite amazing how well it flows that you experience her maturity as you read about her adventures and struggles.
The characters are all great. There's no one dimensional person --- even the "bad guy" gets the comeuppance. I don't want to spoil it as there's a slight mystery when Wardens of the forest (one to whom Rose is apprenticed) starts disappearing.
The wolf plays an integral part in the book, as he's with her from her earliest apprenticeship as a young girl to her journey to young womanhood.
The book does have a traditional "fairy tale" quality, but like I said, it is a wonderful read full of great characters, a curse, a mystery, villains and a love story.
Don't hesitate to buy it! I'm about to grab a few more books by this author myself :)
I loved Rose as the viewpoint character. She has so much personality--not all of it positive!--and is totally oblivious to the romantic intentions of the males in her life, all of which brings this story to life even while Rose is doing ordinary tasks around Akiva's cottage and starting to learn her place. I enjoyed the story arcs for her sister and mother as well.
Bastian is terrifying and creepy at first, but he grows as a character until I loved him to pieces. I liked his rival too, but once Bastian "grew up," the other guy didn't have a chance with me.
Whether I can predict the endings or not, Gingell's books keep me glued to the page with no desire to look ahead! Which means I trust her to tell a great yarn from beginning to end.
Another highly recommended story!