Friday, February 7, 2014

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal Review

Title: The Kingdom of Little Wounds
Author: Susann Cokal
Genre: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A huge, historical, richly layered epic, The Kingdom of Little Wounds was quite the journey for me, to say the least!

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ava Bingen, a young seamstress, finds her life irrevocably intertwined with that of mute, dark Midi Sorte, in the royal court of Skyggehavn, and the two girls, each with separate lives and desires, find themselves locked in a power struggle that spans time, and class--a power struggle they might not be able to escape alive..

What I enjoyed:
-The writing style was truly beautiful--I really felt as though I was reading a fairy tale
-The pacing never faltered--it was absolutely breakneck
-Ava, a young woman who dreams of so much more than what the court can give her, and watching her grow strong throughout the novel was a real treat
-Midi, the sharp-tongued, dark-humored mute that becomes a reluctant friend to Ava, who is brutally strong and courageous
-The huge cast of characters, but it wasn't hard to follow at all

-The rich setting of medieval Scandinavia 

What could've been better:
-Though this novel was marketed to young adults, I really feel that a lot of the situations--especially the sexual situations--were adult, and this novel should've been marketed to the adult set
-During the first half of the novel, it really felt like there were sexual interludes every few chapters or so, and a lot of it was rather brutal--perhaps I'm too squeamish, but that's what I thought
-I really didn't like the character of Count Nicholas

I really enjoyed The Kingdom of Little Wounds--a weird, huge novel that swept me away! Next on deck: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly Creight!

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