Nettle & Bone

by T. Kingfisher

Narrated by Amara Jasper

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marra is desperate to avoid the life that is expected of her. As the third-born princess she has seen what awaits and wants not part of it. After learning about her older sisters misfortune at the hands of her husband, Marra decides she can no longer hide and sets out to kill the prince.

This is one I listened to the audio version of, narrated by Amara Jasper. She did a wonderful job and really brought each character to life. Everyone was so uniquely different and she made it incredibly easy to follow along. She made the humor hit so well I laughed out loud several times.

I have to say, I was in awe of this book. The best way I can think to describe it is ‘dark fairytale’. Immediately we are dropped into the story after it as started and we learn of the events leading up to where we are with a series of what are essentially flashbacks. This form of storytelling can be hit or miss for me, but I felt that the author did a really good job. This worked very well for the pacing of the narrative. I feel like that really let us get to know Marra and her reasoning for wanting to kill a prince. There were some very dark themes to this story that really hits hard and makes this book such a unique mix when coupled with the fairytale aspect.

The world the author created was so full of exciting, disturbing, and incredibly interesting things that are all around these characters. I would truly love a way to dive back into this world because there were some minor characters and hurdles these characters needed to deal with that I would love to know more about.

What really makes this book great though is the cast of characters. While I did really enjoy the actual story, it was the characters that made it great. Marra is extremely likable and I kind of felt attached to her very quickly through the story. I loved this ensemble of characters that were all extremely different from each other. The majority of the plot moves along gathering each one to the group and showcasing exactly what they bring to the table. Every aspect falls into place so perfectly. It was honestly a little tragic when the story concluded strictly for the fact that I wanted to see more of them all traveling together.

I don’t reread books very often but this is one I do think I will be listening to again soon.

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