Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The Sixth Wife by Laura Lond
Adelia has no one to blame for her heartache. She’d been cautioned, many times and by many people. Everyone except her mother had told her it was folly to marry an elf, citing a host of reasons. Adelia knew their warnings were not unfounded. She knew he was very different from her and her kind, he was much older, and he’d had five other wives before her. She didn’t care. She had chosen her path.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Years ago, I read the book A Merman's Kiss by Laura Lond and really enjoyed it. Ever since then, I've wanted to read her other books but found myself getting distracted by other books that were on my list. Recently, I decided to pick up her book The Sixth Wife. I'm glad I did. I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
There were so many things I loved about The Sixth Wife. One of the things that made it stand apart from other books was that covered the human's perspective living with elves. In all of the fairy tales, you don't really ever see that, especially later on in the human's life when they have to deal with aging. It was a fresh perspective that really brought something new to the table and made me fall in love with the writing and the characters.
I also enjoyed seeing Ametar's backstory, and learning why he was affected the way he was. When I was reading the book at first, I just thought he was being a complete jerk with one of his rules, even though he did override it. Then once I learned his backstory everything started to make sense. I felt a lot of sympathy for him, and genuinely really started to like him. I also really loved the way the book ended. I don't think the author could have come up with a better ending. It made me so happy that after everything that had happened, the book ended the way it did (trying to be vague because I don't want to spoil it for anyone).
I think Laura Lond is becoming one of my favorite short story fantasy writers, if not one of my favorite short story writers in general. I love the way that she can take a 20-page story and make you fall in love with the characters, the setting, and the plot in such a short time. I definitely plan on picking up more of her books. This time I'm not going to wait 4 or 5 years before I do. I have one clicked some of her books once I was done with The Sixth Wife. I plan on reading them over the summer. I can't wait to dive into more of her work.
I give The Sixth Wife: 5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.