Queens of the Wyrd
Author: Timandra Whitecastle Genre: Adult Fantasy Publisher: Self-Published
So, I loveeeeeed this book. I had wanted to read something by Tim for a while, because her books seemed so fascinating and I’d heard so many good things, but after reading this book, I definitely know I want to read her works for the rest of time. If you enjoyed Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (and everyone knows that’s one of my favorite books of all time), then this book is right up your alley. Find out why below:
- The characters. This is always a big thing for me. The book can be the most beautifully written book in the world, but if I don’t get emotionally connected (whether that’s loving or hating) to the characters, it’s hard for me to stay invested. For Queens, this was super easy to do. I LOVED Lovis and Birke is just too wholesome for this world. As we slowly begin to meet the rest of the Shieldmothers, not only did I love each one in turn, but I loved how unique each one was, as well, and how distinct they were.
- The focus on motherhood. So many books in fantasy either a) never include mothers to begin with, b) leave them as background characters or c) act like it’s impossible for a mother to also be a warrior or an adventurer or what have you. I love, love, LOVE that this novel takes all of those ideas and throws them in the bin. It makes me want to explore motherhood more in my own novels and I just appreciated the care that was taken with this.
- The adventure. I love a good adventure story and this had that, for sure! I loved how much we got to explore (especially in a certain area where a certain Spring Maiden lives) and how it all came together at the end. I also loved how it seemed to have everything: from the quest to great banter to heartfelt tender moments to laugh-out-loud humorous moments to punches right in your groin surprises.
- The strong writing. I think I read the first 100 pages without pausing or realizing that I had gotten so far into the novel? It just read that smoothly.
- I…really can’t come up with any. That it ended? That I don’t get to read book two immediately?
I just loved this book so much (can you tell that yet?). I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy, who wants to see motherhood explored in a new way, who enjoys a novel that blends well heart and humor and hurt, and who enjoys Norse mythology.