Alethea Kontis came by last week with a video talk about the fairy tale “Petronella“. Her own book, Hero, came out on October 1. Hero is a creative, fun, touching fairy tale with great imagery and fascinating characters. My full-length review of Hero is up today at Smart Bitches Trashy Books, so go check it out – or just skip the review and read Hero!
Hey, who is this tiara clad person visiting our blog? Why it’s Alethea Kontis, author of Enchanted and the just published Hero. Alethea kindly sent us this rant about the inspiration for Hero as part of her blog tour. It’s story time!
Curious? Here’s a description of Hero:
Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?”
As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.
I found Hero to be a creative and exciting work of fantasy. The highlight of the book was the exploration of gender roles, and the romance, which was based very much on the idea that people’s differences can complement each other. In this case, the woman, Saturday, is impulsive, physically strong, and action-oriented. The man, Peregrine, is gentle, thoughtful, and interested in feelings and in long-term consequences of actions. Together, Saturday and Peregrine make a fascinating team.
For more info about Alethea’s blog tour, give aways, and of course how to buy the book, check out this page and the bookseller links below: