Genres: Fantasy, Fairytale
Themes: Magic, Thieves, Intrigue
Queer Level: Lesbian Main Characters; Straight Secondary Characters
What a clever story this was! …It was far too much fun.
The characters were so vivid and made the battle of wits that much more fulfilling to watch. They were all thoroughly developed; equipped with their own motives and drive. The only character I didn’t like was one we weren’t supposed to (…does it make me a bad person because I enjoyed the main antagonist? Haha!) This story also features one of the most natural lesbian romances that I’ve read so far. So cute and sad and sweet and uuugghhhh. I want more! I could read about those two forever and not get enough.
But the tale goes even further than all that. It brings up topics that are great food for thought; what is the difference between being selfless and self-sacrificing? When our goals lack pursuit, can we truly be proud or happy with the results? I officially want to pick Hood’s brain (we need to talk philosophy).
The voice really illustrated the fairy-tale qualities and was poetic in all the right ways. Every paragraph worked towards painting the full picture. There wasn’t one line out of place. The words were clearly picked with care and the events planned out to the detail; very cohesive writing.
Needless to say, I’m very much impressed and all the more hungry for Hood’s future works. What an amazing story to debut a new author!