Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy novella eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
Title: fireheart tiger
Author: Aliette de Bodard
Publication Date: TOMORROW!! (paperback/e-book)
I really do enjoy Aliette de Bodard’s writing and was excited to read this novella. It was a quick read at around 100 pages but the length is its greatest flaw. The basic story is easy to follow and was compelling but I felt that too much background and emotion happened off the page. This was particularly true with Giang. Giang was the most interesting character in the story by far and yet doesn’t appear often, wasn’t really explored, and thus made the ending rather unbelievable and confusing. The world building also felt kinda flat.
What I did enjoy was the main character, Thanh. Her history of having been a hostage to a foreign nation, her forbidden love affair, and her relationship with her mother were very intriguing. I just think that this novella would have been better off expanded in length so that all of the fascinating elements could have been explored satisfactorily. Arrrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Tor.com!
Goodreads website has this to say about the novel:
Fire burns bright and has a long memory….
Quiet, thoughtful princess Thanh was sent away as a hostage to the powerful faraway country of Ephteria as a child. Now she’s returned to her mother’s imperial court, haunted not only by memories of her first romance, but by worrying magical echoes of a fire that devastated Ephteria’s royal palace.
Thanh’s new role as a diplomat places her once again in the path of her first love, the powerful and magnetic Eldris of Ephteria, who knows exactly what she wants: romance from Thanh and much more from Thanh’s home. Eldris won’t take no for an answer, on either front. But the fire that burned down one palace is tempting Thanh with the possibility of making her own dangerous decisions.
Can Thanh find the freedom to shape her country’s fate—and her own?
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