My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Published: 26th of September 2018.
Written by: Benedict Patrick
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was approached by the author, Benedict Patrick, who generously offered to send me a free copy of her book, in exchange for my honest review.
If you value your life, stay out of the forest.
As a captive of the Owl Queen’s Court, Nascha’s life has always been one knife’s edge away from disaster. But when she is threatened for nothing more than the colour of her hair, Nascha attempts the unthinkable: escape through the dreaded Magpie King’s forest.
Hunted by sharp toothed and sharper witted foxfolk, and hated by all for being a witch, Nascha fears herself doomed until she joins forces with a mysterious young man. With him she finds a glimmer of hope, even as her own unpredictable powers flicker into existence.
But hope is fleeting.
The forces arrayed against her are insurmountable, and Nascha soon comes to realise that pursuit of her own freedom will come at a greater cost to the forest. As the darkness closes in around them, Nascha is forced to ask:
At what price is she willing to purchase her life?
How dearly is she willing to sell it?
From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court is the fourth standalone book in Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld series, returning for the first time to the setting of the #1 bestseller They Mostly Come Out At Night.
When Benedict sent me an email and asked me to read & review his book, I was a bit sceptic but thought it might be worth it. He also kindly offered to send me the first three books, which I had every intention to read first. But you already know what happens even to the best laid plans! And honestly, I’m now kind of glad I didn’t get to read them. Because had I done that, I might not have liked it as much as I did.
This story follows Nascha a servant, (which is just a fancy way of saying slave), in the Owl Queen’s court and
one of her friends. scratch that. Her only friend, the Owl Queen’s daughter. This spoiled brat girl doesn’t really like anyone else, so Nascha is the (un)lucky friend of choice and as a slave she doesn’t really have any choice in the unlikely friendship. Nascha only wishes for one thing, which occupies her mind a lot: to be free.
Right about now I find myself remembering the old saying “be careful what you wish for” because as it’s often the case, the price just might not be worth it!
On her journey to freedom Nascha finds herself in the Magpie King’s feared forest. A place that’s feared by most people, and for good reason! The creatures that lurk in there are definitely not the ones, you’d want to find yourself face to face with.
But it’s not only evil or sinister beings that lurk in there. It’s also where Nascha meets Bradan, who’s biggest dream is to be chosen by the Magpie Spirit and become the hero that brings peace to the people. As he’s just about as lucky as Nascha (which really means they’re both quite unlucky with their place in life), he doesn’t exactly inspire awe. Instead he seems to be stirring up negative emotions and do more damage than good. If he had been part of a comic book, I suspect he would belong more in the Suicide Squad, than the Justice League.
With that being said, Bradan has a heart of gold to match his lack of luck. So, he agrees to help Nascha to get out of the forest, and hopefully manage to prove himself along the way, so he can become chosen by the Spirit.
This world that Benedict Patrick has created within these pages is nothing short of fantastic. Time and time again I felt like I was there, along side Nascha and Bradan. I felt like I was with them on their journey, walking with them in this magical world where mythical & legendary creatures walk amongst mere mortals.
Many times in the past, when I’ve read books in a series in a random order I’ve found myself wishing I’d read the other books first. This time it’s the complete opposite. I’m loving this world so much, that I’m thrilled to now have the first 3 books to read, instead of being all caught up. As a lover of all things involving folk tales, mythological creatures and just the paranormal, I LOVED this book and I will definitely be reading the previous 3!
Do you find yourself loving original fairy tales like those of Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm? If so, you’d probably love this book. I know I did, and I cannot recommend it enough! Let me know what you think, so we can talk in the comments!
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