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Nettle & Bone
Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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With her signature mix of the grim and the delightful, award-winning author T. Kingfisher takes the old bones of fantasy and fairytale and makes them into something entirely new in this enchanting adventure. After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marrathe shy, convent-raised, third-born daughterhas 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 princeif 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. Nettle & Bone is the kind of book that immediately feels like an old friend. Fairytale mythic resonance meets homey pragmatism in this utterly delightful story. It's creepy, funny, heartfelt, and full of fantastic characters I absolutely loved! Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage
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actualdisneyprincess
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A fave patron recommended this to me, knowing my love of ladies being badass, and I have to say — my fave patrons know me well. This is excellent so far. 😍 #nettleandbone #tkingfisher #twistedfairytales

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Angeles
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Excellent fairy tale with a sweet love story and satisfying revenge tale. I love the fairy godmother, Agnes, which is a great take on the traditional one showing up at prince/sses christenings. Loved it

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Readergrrl
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I spent a couple of days sorting clothes and cleaning out my attic while listening to N&B. It made the time fly! I loved the world building and character development with its political and feminist subtext. Mara was not your typical nymphette protagonist, but a second-daughter, almost-nun, 30 year old coming to terms with family dynamics. A fun read and I recommend it if you like fairytale retellings. Reminiscent of Blue Beard & his wives! 3.5/5⭐️

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Nessavamusic
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This was a delight! An original, hilarious fairy tale adventure. A woman goes on a quest to save her sister from her abusive husband (who is an unkillable prince). Yes it‘s funny, really. I don‘t want to say anything else but to encourage you all to go read it! I look forward to checking out more by this author as well. 5⭐️
#BigJuneReadathon
#JoysofJune

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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NotCool
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“I know how I‘d start” said the dust-wife finally. “Some things, I expect, you don‘t know till you‘re doing them. But it‘s been done before”

NotCool The characters here are talking about killing an evil king with magic. But, ironically, this is also how I feel about parallel parking. 2w
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NotCool
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“When she closed the door to her room, it stayed shut. In the royal palace, the doors were always opening, servants coming and going, nurses coming and going, ladies-in-waiting coming and going. Princesses were public property. She had not realized that a nun had more power than a princess, that she could close a door.”

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ShyBookOwl
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Ouf. Well put.

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ShyBookOwl
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The trees were full of crows and the woods were full of madmen. #firstlinefridays

I am LOVING this book. I'm a sucker for a dark, thoughtful fairytale.

TheBookHippie Oh I love a good dark fairytale 🖤 1mo
KathyWheeler That‘s a great first line! 1mo
Addison_Reads This is such a great book. Enjoy! 1mo
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ShyBookOwl @KathyWheeler it is!! Great hook 4w
ShyBookOwl @Addison_Reads Thx! I'm really enjoying it so far! 4w
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GondorGirl
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If you like your fairytales dark and your heroes unlikely Kingfisher is the author for you.

The 30-something third daughter (and almost nun) of a tiny nation goes on an impossible quest to save her sister from an abusive husband. Along the way she creates a bone dog, visits a goblin market, enlists the help of a dust-wife (and her demon chicken), and befriends her fairy godmother (who might actually be the most wicked of them all).

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Soubhiville Ooooo, good photo. 1mo
GondorGirl @Soubhiville Thanks! Early spring in the woods is always good for bone hunting. 1mo
Branwen I love this book so much! 1mo
GondorGirl @Branwen It was PHENOMENAL! 1mo
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Branwen
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Happy Tuesday, littens! 😄 My book review videos are up for the week! I can't stop thinking about the tagged book, so of course I had to feature it in my video for adults! 😅 If you could give them a watch and a like, I would very much appreciate it! ❤ 📚

YA Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6V-RK64uYc&t=3s

Adult Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm-ZbJEAjYg

vivastory I had no idea that the Kingfisher is a fantasy. I was expecting a horror novel. I'm still intrigued. Great video! 2mo
Branwen @vivastory Yay! Thank you so much! 💕📚 It's really a fantastic book! 2mo
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Branwen
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Okay, this one took me completely by surprise and stole my heart! All the stars for this book - one of my favorite fantasy reads of the year so far! 💕📚 It's got so much heart and made me laugh out loud many times. And there's a dog made out of bones! BONEDOG! 🐾

PS- I love finding these positive affirmation stones that people paint and then leave at the park for others to find. They always make me smile! This one says 'you are doing great.' ❤

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Branwen
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Chaplin is a great bookish friend - he always keeps me company while reading and helps me choose which book to read next! 😽 He's been especially happy to have me home and all to himself this week! (I mean, he DOES have to share me with his little sisters, but still!) 💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

DivineDiana What a handsome boy! ❤️ 2mo
rubyslippersreads Those eyes! 😻 2mo
Linsy Awww, can't wait to start this book! I got a little too excited buying books, but this one is next on my list! So pretty 💚 1mo
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Branwen
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This spot by the creek always feels very fairytale-ish to me! 🌿📚💕

DivineDiana It does! 2mo
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Addison_Reads
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I love dark fantasy and when mixed with a fairytale it makes for such an adventurous read.

This story is full of amazing female characters who aren't afraid to shake things up and change their fates. Atmospheric, propulsive, and ultimately just an exciting storyline made this book a joy to read.

#NetGalley

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ctboeheim
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A quirky, wry fairy tale from T. Kingfisher. My favorite book of the year so far.

Full review https://lamp.works/bwl?s=B08QGL9BZD

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GondorGirl
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What happens when you find out a fellow litten lives in your city? A Barnes and Noble meet up!

 @AmandaBlaze is lovely and I had a lot of fun wandering the stacks with her (even if my TBR list got a lot longer!). 🧡📚

LeahBergen Aww, how fun! ❤️❤️ 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Love to see that!! 2mo
Bookzombie ❤️❤️ 2mo
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rachelsbrittain How fun! 2mo
AmandaBlaze It was fun, even if I kept switching out my book. lol 2mo
Branwen This is so awesome! 😄💕📚 2mo
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Branwen
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I made some new reading friends today! 🐸💕📚

The_Book_Ninja Did she just say “readit”?🐸 2mo
Branwen @The_Book_Ninja 😂🤣👏👏👏 2mo
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Branwen
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Finally getting some sunshine today! ☀️🌿 It's wonderful to read with that gorgeous blue sky above me! 💙

Bklover Love the view! 2mo
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Branwen
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"If I were a man, I would fight him. If she were a man, no one would force Kania to try to bear child after child. If I were a man, I would not be the next in line to be married if he kills her. If we were men... She stared at her fingers curled in the dirt. It did not matter. They were not, and the history of the world was written in women's wombs and women's blood and she would never be allowed to change it."

Ooof. ? This hits hard.

ravenlee The timing is especially hard. 😬 2mo
Branwen @ravenlee It really is 😐 2mo
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Branwen
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It's raining off and on today, but that hasn't stopped me from my bookish walk! 😄🌿📖 In between bouts of rain I am able to take my book out to read, and then when it starts up again it's back into my bag it goes! 😁 I love sunny days, but there is something really magical about being outside in the woods when it's raining!

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Branwen
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I just started this book today and so far it's been perfect to read outside - especially on such a cloudy day! 🌿📚💕 It's dark and wild and twisty; I adore it so far!

DivineDiana And your atmospheric background is perfect! 2mo
KateReadsYA I swear every book you post I add to my stack. We have very similar taste :) 2mo
Branwen @DivineDiana I thought so too! 🌿 @KateReadsYA Yay! That makes me super happy! 😄💕 2mo
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Branwen
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It makes me so happy to see all the green started to show on all the trees and bushes! 🌿

keys_on_fire I agree! 2mo
DivineDiana Yes! Loving all the green! 💚 2mo
vivastory Do you have a favorite Kingfisher? 2mo
Branwen @keys_on_fire @DivineDiana It's so pretty and refreshing! @vivastory I own Paladin's Grace but haven't read it yet, so this is actually my first book of hers that I'm experiencing! 2mo
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NinaEveZ
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Always look under the dust jacket. The details on and in Nettle & Bone are exquisite.

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LaceyDoesLit
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esurient
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I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ONE!

#releasedayyay

Linsy Ohmygosh, im so jealous!!! Ive been looking out for this one 2mo
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TorieStorieS
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Wow!! What a great listen!! This holds many hallmarks of a traditional fairytale- royal sisters, three impossible tasks, evil curses, a terrible villain, a faithful dog, a romance, fairy godmothers, a witch & chicken with a demon. With a feminist slant, this feels fresh & modern. Marra, the youngest sister, may seem more naïve but when she realizes her sister‘s plight she sets off on a journey to find a way to do the impossible- slay the prince!

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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

I love a fairy tale inspired fantasy, especially those that acknowledge the dark roots of these stories, and this delivers with impossible tasks, fairy god mothers, and curses.

Marra is the third princess and soon learns as her sisters are married off one after the other, that the monsters of her world are princes and no one will risk the good of the kingdom to save a princess. Marra must find a way to save her sister and herself.

KristiAhlers Darn it I almost bought this one the other day. Our bookstore only had a couple copies. I‘ll have to go tomorrow and sort that out. 2mo
Beachesnbooks i'm so excited for this one! i have it preorderd 2mo
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sebrittainclark
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The trees were full of crows, and the woods were full of mad men. The pit was full of bones, and her hands were full of wires.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Twainy
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🎧 3 princesses stand between peace across the land & a war that would ruin their tiny kingdom.

Currently the middle sister is wed to a cruel prince. Her older sister died under mysterious circumstances & Marra was sent to a convent.

This is how the naive almost-nun takes matters into her own hands with an old woman who speaks to the dead, a ghost dog, a convict knight, a godmother & a demon chicken.

Very fairytale-like.

LOVED IT!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Twainy This book will be published next Tuesday, 4/26/22. 2mo
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underground_bks
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In this fairy tale, it'll be 'happily ever after' after the princess murders the prince, not marries him. Join princess Marra and her companions—a ghost-raising gravewitch, a frizzy fairy godmother, an exiled knight, a dog made of bones, and a chicken with a demon—on an impossible quest to save her sister from the hands of a cruel prince. Gruesome and bewitching, yet full of hope and humor and heart, Nettle & Bone is my new favorite fairy tale.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! That sounds great! 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, and great review!! 8mo
underground_bks @JanuarieTimewalker13 thank you!! I loved this! Perfect for fans of Uprooted or Spinning Silver or The Bear and the Nightingale! 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know!! Fantasy is not really my go to genre, but I would give this one a whirl! 8mo
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esurient
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With the forthcoming April 2022 release of Nettle & Bone, and the summer 2022 release of What Moves the Dead, AND this untitled paladin book Vernon just tweeted about, Vernon will be getting a solid portion of my foreseeable discretionary book funds.

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