Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher

Nettle and Bone by T. KingfisherNettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher
Published by Tor on April 26, 2022
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 257
Format: Hardcover
Also by this author: What Moves the Dead, A House With Good Bones, Thornhedge

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Nettle and Bone

Marra is the third daughter, princess of a small kingdom, living in a convent. Her first sister married the prince and died (perhaps murdered). The second sister married the same powerful prince. Marra knows her sister’s being abused. But there’s no one to rescue her so Marra decides to do it herself. Meeting a gravewitch, errant knight, and reluctant fairy godmother along the way.

My thoughts about Nettle and Bone

This is what Kingfisher does best – takes familiar fantasy tropes – princes, princesses, fairy godmothers, quests – and flips them on their heads in the best way possible.

This is about strength, love, and doing your best even when it’s scary or hard or the opposite of what you really want to do. 

You get:



Impossible tasks



Multiple fairygodmothers


Fairytale adjacent story with lots of traditional tropes

Scrappy princesses


Goblin market

Animated bone dog

Chicken possessed by a demon

Light and sweet romance

Found family

Strong FMCs

And the creepiest puppet scene ever!

In closing

If you’re a fan of strong FMCs, who are resourceful and smart instead of passive, this is for you.

Thank you Tor Books for the ARC.

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About T. Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen-name of Ursula Vernon. In another life, she writes children’s books and weird comics, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections.

This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups.

When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies.

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