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“MATIBAY ANG WALIS, PALIBHASA’Y MAGKABIGKIS.”
“A BROOM IS STURDY BECAUSE IT’S STRANDS ARE TIGHTLY BOUND.”
“DON’T LET THE BLADE WIELD YOU. IT’S YOUR HAND ON THE HILT.”
“BUT GRIEF WAS A LAWLESS MAP. IT HAD NO TRUE NORTH.”
welcome to another episode of diving into a book without reading the synopsis first, but wait, i read it but i just forgot, i guess. and that’s not a bad thing at all, because this book surprised me! the book features jessa, a filipino main character, who grew up in the united states, but is still deeply rooted to her race. reading the tagalog words and phrases sprinkled on the pages evoked a contentment in me i never knew i needed, a proof that representation is very much relevant and will never go out of style.
for characters, jessa is very much admirable. orphaned because of a tragedy and then an unwanted pregnancy, her life took a turn, a huge one. however, despite the hardship, she still stood her ground and decided to keep the child. in filipino culture, being pregnant out of wedlock is pretty much intolerable. thus, to save reputations of the people involved with the pregnant woman, they force her and the man who impregnated her to be wedded, which i totally disagree with. especially if both parties are so young, let’s say both nineteen, or don’t love each other, a one-night stand. like, marriage is no joke! it is a union, which binds two people forever. and currently, Philippines is one of the two countries which prohibits divorce. what if they still don’t love each other despite the years they are together? what if they meet their one true love, but can’t marry them because of such impulsive decision? how will it affect both their mindset and the child’s?
another character i like is simith, who goes into a well-written character development. on the very first chapter, i am introduced to him and no lie, he seemed intimidating and kind of brooding. however, as the story progresses, his backstory came to light, which gives me knowledge on how he turned out to be so brutal as a soldier. of course, there’s also his soft side, which makes him more relatable, even though not human.
i found the plot to be commendable, as it is more unpredictable than i originally thought. i really like the action that goes into it and how fast-paced the author wrote it. the author with her powerful and lush prose. oh, and bonus points for introducing a sapphic couple, who thankfully are not fully overshadowed by the main characters of the story. just the right amount of exposure.
a thought-provoking book with a filipino main character, splashed with bits of filipino culture, and topped with fairy magic!
representation/s: filipino main character, secondary sapphic characters
content/trigger warning/s: violence, trauma, grief, death of a loved one in the past
Simith of Drifthorn is tired of war. After years of conflict between the Thistle court and the troll kingdom, even a pixie knight known for his bloodlust longs for peace. Hoping to secure a ceasefire, Simith arranges a meeting with the troll king—and is ambushed instead. Escape lies in the Jaded Grove, but the trees of the ancient Fae woodland aren’t what they seem, and in place of sanctuary, Simith tumbles through a doorway to another world.
Cutting through her neighbor’s sunflower farm in Skylark, Michigan, Jessa runs into a battle between creatures straight out of a fantasy novel. Only the blood is very real. When a lone fighter falls to his attackers, Jessa intervenes. She’s known too much death to stand idly by, but an act of kindness leads to consequences even a poet like her couldn’t imagine.
With their fates bound by magic, Simith and Jessa must keep the strife of his world from spilling into hers—except the war isn’t what it appears and neither are their enemies. Countless lives depend on whether they can face the truths of their pasts and untangle the web of lies around them. But grief casts long shadows, and even their deepening bond may not be enough to save them from its reach. [ goodreads ]
A child of two cultures, this hapa haole Hawaiian girl is currently landlocked in the Midwest. After exploring the world for a chunk of years, she hunkered down in Minnesota and now fills her days with family, fiction, and the occasional snowstorm. With a house full of lovable toddlers, a three-legged cat, and one handsome Dutchman, she prowls the keyboard late at night while the minions sleep. Coffee? Nah, she prefers tea with a generous spoonful of sarcasm. [ author website | goodreads | instagram | twitter ]