The Faerie Godmother’s Apprentice Wore Green
Author: Nicky Kyle
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The village of Styesville has a dragon problem, and is in sore need of a knight in shining armor to solve it for them. Instead, they get a strange traveler in a ragged cloak they barely even notice at first. Worse still, it soon becomes clear the problem setting fire to their village isn’t as simple as a dragon…
This was a lovely surprise! To be honest, most of the short stories I read are average and I think that not many short stories are exceptionally good or that all authors who write splendid novels can also write great short stories. So whenever I read one that is really good, I get all excited 🙂
This (haha, I realise I’m not writing this awful long title, so this it is again) is a short story in a high fantasy setting and plays in a small village the whole time. I think the world building is absolutely well done and the isolated, backwards vibe of the village palpable.
I love the new and different take on dragons and how – like in the blurb already mentioned – not all is as it seems. This part of the story is not only interesting but also well delivered.
The most important theme of this story is to accept yourself if you are different and that sometimes your happiness lies not at home but in a place where you can be yourself. That’s something both main characters either have learned a long time ago or have to come to the conclusion during the course of the book.
Unfortunately, I found out that this is the only story by the author. I wish there were more books in the same universe or, maybe even better, a follow-up to this story. It’s complete as it is but since it’s a new beginning for one of the protagonists, there could be much more. Well, maybe I get lucky some time in the future. *crosses fingers and stalks author*
Readers looking for aromantic or lesbian characters should definitely check this out.
Nicky was making up stories before she could write, acting them out with her handmade paper dolls or assorted action figures, usually with her little brother’s amiable assistance. Once she mastered writing implements she turned her efforts toward both prose and pictures and is a fan of storytelling in all media, especially novels and comic books, and the only thing she likes more than telling people about things they should read is writing (or drawing) them herself. Of course, if she could stop her cat helping her type she’d probably make more headway…
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I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.