Trigger Warning: Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Rape & Rape Mention
Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman.
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy. Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.
I’ve been excited about reading Tess of the Road for a few months now. I know that Tess of the Road was published back in February of this year. I finally got around to reading Tess of the Road in June, and I was fairly excited to read the novel. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to the fact that Tess of the Road was in the same world as Seraphina. I didn’t want to read that book to have to understand Tess of the Road. Continue reading