If you like perfectly ever perfect stories, this one is perfect for you!
Title: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.
Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.
Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers? (From Goodreads)
What I Liked:
It was a cute mash up of Robin Hood and Swan Lake. I wouldn’t call it a fairy tale, but it was definitely cute as a folk tale. She weaved the two stories together well.
It was nice and light, and the pace of the story moved along nicely. It was an easy read, which I appreciated since I just had the ebook version on my phone. I read it while rocking my baby to sleep! (Not all at once. Thankfully she’s a peach to put to bed.)
The Christian elements in it were interesting. Sometimes you get beaten over the head with them, but I think Dickerson put them in smoothly. I liked how Odette was religious without being RELIGIOUS. Too often religious people just become caricatures. Odette was done well!
What I Didn’t Like:
Odette and Jorgen are both perfect.
Like, actually. Not a single flaw.
They are both outrageously good looking, selfless to a fault, excel at everything they do, and are made for each other.
Odette’s only “flaw” is her poaching, which she does because, of course, she helps the poor orphan children.
I also thought there was both too much description and not enough world-building.
Dickerson wrote at great lengths about colours of clothing and tried to explain dance moves. I really didn’t need to read about how they first turned this way, then did a loop, then went back, then highland-flinged, etc.
But the only real grounding in the setting we got was the occasional “Ja” and a few random German words thrown in when she realized, “Oh ja, I need to remind the reader that this is in Germany!”
Didn’t love it.
Also if Odette was such an amazing hunter and understood the forest/creatures in it so perfectly, why was she hunting the deer to extinction?
The ending was too perfect. Obviously. With two such perfect protagonists, how could it not be?
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Meet Odette and Jorgen, two perfect people who are perfect despite adversity, and then live perfectly ever after. Perfect.
What’s the last perfect book that you read?