Nettle & Bone
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best NovelAn Instant USA Today & Indie BestsellerAn Oprah Daily Top 25 Fantasy Book of 2022A Vulture Best Fantasy Novel of 2022An NPR Best Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction Book of 2022A Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award NomineeFrom Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning author T. Kingfisher comes an original and subversive fantasy adventure.*The very special hardcover edition features a gold foil stamp on the casing and custom endpapers illustrated by the author.*This isn't the kind of fairy tale where the princess marries a prince.It's the one where she kills him.Marra — a shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter — is relieved not to be married off for the sake of her parents’ throne. Her older sister wasn’t so fortunate though, and her royal husband is as abusive as he is powerful. From the safety of the convent, Marra wonders who will come to her sister’s rescue and put a stop to this. But after years of watching their families and kingdoms pretend all is well, Marra realizes if any hero is coming, it will have to be Marra herself.If Marra can complete three impossible tasks, a witch will grant her the tools she needs. But, as is the way in stories of princes and the impossible, these tasks are only the beginning of Marra’s strange and enchanting journey to save her sister and topple a throne.“Wholly entertaining."—Buzzfeed“A modern classic.”—Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart A Doorway“Pure delight. T. Kingfisher uses the bones of fairy tale to create something entirely her own.”—Emily Tesh, award-winning author of Silver in the WoodAlso by T. KingfisherThornhedgeA Sorceress Comes to CallWhat Moves the DeadWhat Feasts at NightA House with Good Bones
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"A new-age fairytale that has the spirit of the old fairytales. This story had just the right amount of magic and luck that made it hopeful and fairytale-esc without falling into the trap of focusing on the female lead or the romance too much. The story felt like the story all the characters rather than the story of the fl and her crew that follow her. The world was also a perfect mix of magic but a little bit of realism. "
"I have yet to find a book by T. Kingfisher that I don't like. This one was another amazing read. There was magic, fairy godmothers, a goblin market, a rag tag group of saviors, an cursed kingdom and a pet named Bonedog; what more could you need? There were multiple amusing twists and turns."
"This was wonderful! It was the perfect weaving of cozy fantasy with higher stakes. Chef’s kiss! "
"Beautifully written, modern take on a fairy tale. I loved every bit of this book. Delves into nuanced family relationships, disparity between the sexes, magic, female heroin, fairies, godmothers, curses, and of course, what fairy tale is complete without a love story. TW: infant loss, miscarriage, drowning, domestic violence."
"Took me a little bit to get into this one and I for sure thought I was going to throw the towel in and cast it away to the shelf. So glad I didn't! It picks up in the middle. I enjoyed the magic, sarcastic humor, witchy vibes, and of course bone dog. Well written and wouldn't mind a sequel to it! "
"I’ll admit, at first, I had a hell of a time getting into this one. The vocabulary and the voice and the location in which the story started- had me entirely confused. However, once I pushed forward I quickly fell into the flow of it and with each supporting character added, it just got better and better. As with each Kingfisher book I have read so far, the humor throughout this book is perfect. I was fully invested in each of the characters- and in fact, I'd love to read this story from each of their perspectives. But what I'd love more, is to have a prequel from the perspective of one specific character, especially. I would also really love to see Kingfisher continue this story- to write a sequel. There are a few things that I would have liked more backstory to or more details to, but purely out of curiosity- not that the story lacked information to be understood."