Read Nettle & Bone

Read Nettle & Bone

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.

The first couple pages kind of put me off and confused me, but I pressed on because it’s T. Kingfisher, and by 10% I was into it.

Marra’s a little slow on the uptake, but very determined and practical. Funnily enough, her total down-to-earthness lets her complete two “impossible” tasks because it doesn’t occur to her that they take anything more than willpower and doing, that they’re meant to be impossible. This is much more the kind of nun story I’m interested in than Matrix, which I bailed on.

Interesting world as always from T. Kingfisher, with hints of so much more going on. I liked how the ending proceeded. Plus a hint of romance which I always love.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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