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The Raven and the Reindeer, by T. Kingfisher

3 reviews

littlecat's review against another edition

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adventurous sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

1.0

I though I would enjoy this book a lot more then i ended up doing :(
SpoilerI didn´t really hate it, I just though ... my main complain is that I don´t like what they done with Kay. I understand that a story about hetronormativity is important to many people, but  the story at least in the translations I grew up with is not a romance, you can see one but nothing but the fact that she is a girl he was a boy suggest so - Kay has done nothing wrong, feeling kinda meh about the child of a friend of your grandmother is not a bad thing to do. 
The ending "here is all the important stuff that happend while you were knocked out" was rushed and unstatisfying. 
I found the robber girl underwhelming, like in the story i grew up with they have mad chemisty in the little room of it and here... i was just not feeling it.
  I also prefere the way  in fairytale magic just exist here the "sceptism" felt tacked on, I enjoyed the chapter with Livli for that reason the most, she and in general I did like the reindeer transformation, cutting your love to break the spell thing even though it is nothing new it is something I do like. 
I think had i read it as a teen i would have found Mousebones and the otters great, he was still nice i am a bit more annoyed by the otters but its more that the dialoge is not that well written.

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divine529's review against another edition

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adventurous funny inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
I absolutely loved this! 

Whenever I can find a good retelling, that's atmospheric and feels like a fairytale and adds something extra to a work, I'm usually all for it. 

Surprisingly, I hadn't heard much about this one before I read it, and I think that's a tragedy. This is a "Snow Queen" retelling, with a queer romance and interesting twists throughout. This was absolutely fantastic from the writing to the interesting take on the plot to the characters and the world, but what really stood out to me the most in this was the themes - love, self-confidence, self-esteem/image and sexuality, just to name a few. 

I loved Gerta as a character and found her incredibly relatable. I had very little to no connection to Kay. I absolutely adored Mousebones and Janna. And the other side characters were interesting too. 

If you enjoyed the "Snow Queen" I think a lot of people would really enjoy this as well. It's one I can definitely see myself rereading again in the future. 

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lipstickitotheman's review

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adventurous funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

I wasn't really into it at the beginning, but at the middle I started really having fun! I truly adored the reindeer parts. Really ended up enjoying it!

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