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Publisher's Summary

From Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning author T. Kingfisher comes an original and subversive fantasy adventure.

This isn't the kind of fairytale where the princess marries a prince.

It's the one where she kills him.

Marra never wanted to be a hero. 

As the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter, she escaped the traditional fate of princesses, to be married away for the sake of an uncaring throne. But her sister wasn’t so fortunate—and after years of silence, Marra is done watching her suffer at the hands of a powerful and abusive prince.

Seeking help for her rescue mission, Marra is offered the tools she needs, but only if she can complete three seemingly impossible tasks:

—build a dog of bones

—sew a cloak of nettles

—capture moonlight in a jar

But, as is the way in tales of princes and witches, doing the impossible is only the beginning.

Hero or not—now joined by a disgraced ex-knight, a reluctant fairy godmother, an enigmatic gravewitch and her fowl familiar—Marra might finally have the courage to save her sister, and topple a throne.

"Nettle & Bone is the kind of book that immediately feels like an old friend. Fairytale mythic resonance meets homey pragmatism in this utterly delightful story. It's creepy, funny, heartfelt, and full of fantastic characters I absolutely loved!”—Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage

©2021 T. Kingfisher (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Deeply satisfying and darkly funny feminist fairytale.... At its heart a story of good people doing their best to make the unjust world a fairer place, this marvelous romp will delight Kingfisher’s fans and fairytale lovers alike.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Blending fairy-tale familiarity and common-sense characters, Kingfisher’s prose balances grim circumstances with humor and heart. Readers of Alix E. Harrow’s A Spindle Splintered and Melissa Albert’s ‘The Hazel Wood’ series should pick this up immediately.” —Library Journal, starred review

"Kingfisher’s combination of comedy with feminist rage in a complex fairytale setting makes for a wholly entertaining read." -- Buzzfeed

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If Only I Could Cut Out Half the Story

The character Fenris ruined this story for me. He is a tired old trope and unnecessary to the story. I probably would have enjoyed Marra far better without him. She began the story as a courageous, determined defender who wilted into an insecure, emotionally-fragile damsel who could lean on him for support. All her tedious inner monologues diluted the potency of the story — and it’s a great story sans this forced pandering outdated “romance.” I love a good romance woven into a story. This was not one.

As for the narrator, please never attempt an English accent again. Stick to what you know. You’re great. You don’t need dialects. This one was very very bad.

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Delightful and touching

Ursula does it again. This is a lovely and wonderful story with shades of her horror genre talent mixed in. The characters are fully fleshed out and enjoyable. highly reccommend.

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fabulous

loved the characters, storyline, magic, and world. the narrator was absolutely fantastic as well.

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Terrific!

I really enjoyed the story and the narrator really made the story immersive. I laughed, I teared up, all while listening at the gym!

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What a Story!

Finished in two days. Great imaginative world building. Not too much, not too little. Story was fast to me. I can understand why some people would say to cut parts, but that IS the story. The traveling and finding companions reminds me of Legend of the Seeker. Plus, I read the demon chicken thing in the description and had doubts! I can't believe I doubted how strange and magical that could be. I would have liked more story background in certain parts, but that's because I trust the author would be successful at doing so. Performance was spot on as well. So all in all, quick little ditty. Definitely a fairytale.

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Totally recommend

Overall I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The story was great and never dull . I am saddened that it’s short but I loved it .

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So Much Fun!

This book was delightful. The characters were well drawn, flawed and funny. The plot was complicated and suspenseful.

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Really good. My favorite of hers so far!

Wow this book is really good. I was expecting a silly, fun story, but the characters are so interesting, it all felt really original and I didn’t know what was going to happen, but it was tied up in a satisfying way and fun and full of amazing imagery. I want a live action miniseries of it immediately!

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Exceptional

T Kingfisher cannot disappoint me. Magic, a lost princess, a possessed chicken, an evil marionette, a bone dog, witches, fairies and a budding romance...... *slow clap* *chefs kiss*

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Fabulous!

Wonderful, inventive, inspiring , this is a story for the ages. A heroine who is almost a nun almost a hero but in fact more than a hero because she creates a team of mismatched but perfectly matched partners to save her sister, a sister who says she hates her. The sheer inventiveness of the plot, the world created by the author is alone worth the price and the narration is top notch.