Narrator: Jennifer Blom
Published by MacMillan Audio on August 15, 2023
Genres: Fantasy, Horror
Length: 3 hours, 43 minutes
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A haunting Southern Gothic from an award-winning master of suspense, A House With Good Bones explores the dark, twisted roots lurking just beneath the veneer of a perfect home and family.
Thornhedge is a a new kind of fairytale where the heroine isn’t beautiful and looking to be saved and the night is gentle and doesn’t really want to kill anyone. In the beginning, it seems like a Sleeping Beauty story and while there is a maiden in a tower no one should save her.
Toadling was taken from her crib from the fae right after she was born and given to the fae toads. She wasn’t eaten as often happens to human children in faery, instead she was loved and given their magic and grew up a one of the toad folk. She lived her life there until someone from Faery came and asked for her help to stop the child left in her place. Toadling is the only one that can help and so she left her family in the warm waters of the marsh to learn how to save her parents of the mortal world from the child they believe to be theirs. Unfortunately, things went wrong, and Toadling was trapped in the mortal realm to be a watcher of the child. Now years later, 200 or maybe more, it is hard to keep count a knight has come to the tower for the story of the maiden in it and to possibly save someone from a curse.
This was such a great story. Toadling was real and sweet and I wanted her to succeed in her quest and to possibly find a way out of the loneliness of guarding a tower. I liked Halim too as he is there because it is a mystery. He might be a knight but he isn’t looking for treasure or a beautiful princess to save. He is looking to solve the mystery and if he can free Toadling too, well she is wonderful and he would like to do that as well.
T. Kingfisher’s imagination is fantastic and I enjoyed this new story imagined by her with a girl who found a better home with Toads and a Knight that loves to read, found a mystery in an old story and started a quest. Great fast read of a new kind of Faery tale
Jennifer Blom is a really solid narrator who got the feel of this story right in her narration performance. Her voice is distinctive for all of the characters and I enjoyed her portrayal of Toadling specifically. The pacing of the narration was perfect for the idea and feeling of the story. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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