genre: fantasy story
3.5 stars, rounded
If you’ve seen the Disney movie Brave, you already know the backstory to this tale of Scotland and DunBroch’s wild Merida with her younger triplet brothers, booming dad, and conservative mom. However, this story is about seeing what needs to be changed and about dealings with the gods and the opportunity to make things right. It is about a shape-shifting destroyer and about the relationships between the clans, their leaders and their lands. It’s also about family, the ties that bind us together and, yes, again, being brave enough to do what needs to be done.
I was all in on the last 1/3 of this book, but it honestly took me until I was 1/3 IN to get into it. It really surprised me, honestly, and I can’t say I was completely sold on the plot. It felt strangely slow and a bit complicated, for some reason, with unknown gods and their ways, but once I finally felt like I had settled into the world Stiefvater created around the story I already know, it got a lot better. In the end, so many beautiful things united that I liked it much more at the end than at the beginning. Part of why I kept it up is that the narrator of the audio (one of my FAVORITE, Fiona Hardingham) is really phenomenal. I feel like she deserves at least 3.5 for how it was put together and I’m rounding it up because I really liked how it ended.