Author: Adan Jerreat-Poole
Published: October 6, 2020
Series: The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass #1
Thank you so much to Dundurn Press for providing an advance reading copy of Adan Jerreat-Poole’s The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.
The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass is about an assassin. Eli is made to be deadly, and killing fuels her. Not until she is tasked to kill a human that she starts questioning everything around her. She discovers there is more. She discovers no one is to be trusted. She discovers she wants to know all the lies and truth.
This book was complicated-good. It gave a new twist to witches, ghosts and assassins. It’s like a mash of Alice in the Wonderland and Wizard of Oz with a sprinkle of a witches-faerie sandwich. The worldbuilding was good but I admit there were times I was a bit lost. The twist it had on witches is fresh but with the tropes we have with witches and covens, it does get you confused. For me, I had a difficulty leaving those tropes which may have contributed to my confusion.
In the book, Eli is hyped as this polished, really good assassin only to see her using Google (I think, where can you search for names in an iPhone?) to search for the person she is going to kill. There is no problem with that but seeing as that failed, and with all the magic they are supposed to have, is there nothing else they could use? One might argue that they were just given a name and nothing else but surely, there are other ways? Also kind of dumb for a high governing body to just send a name of a person they want to be killed immediately.
[SPOILER] I’m also confused. The person Eli found said that the person was her mother yet it’s actually Tav? Are you saying Tav has a grown daughter? I got the impression they and Eli are the same age.
The novel started at a fast pace but it kind of lagged by the middle. Their whole journey reminded me of the journey in Wizard of Oz and the Alice of Wonderland mashed together. The beautiful imagery and description of the world kind of made up for it though. I also would like to point out the three-word names of the main characters. I’m not sure if that was intended or completely an accident. I also appreciate the diversity in this book and how the author beautifully entwined the harsh reality people of color and LGBTQ+ face.
What I love the most though is how the three characters, Eli, Tav and Cam, didn’t return to The Sun and instead stuck with each other because they trusted each other more than the others, after what they’ve learned. I’m glad Tav and Cam did not make the dumb decision of returning seeing as they were such devoted to the Hedge-Witch.
I’d recommend it to everyone, especially those who love urban fantasy, witches and assassins. There will likely be a second book, unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be reading that but who knows?