Hero by Alethea Kontis
Series: Woodcutter Sisters #2
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Read in: Apr 10 to Apr 18
Source: Personal Collection
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Rough-and-tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?" As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance. - via GoodReads
It’s been quite some time since I’ve read Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. I had gone into that book with some pretty high hopes and under the impression it was a fairy tale re-telling. What I got wasn’t a true re-telling but rather a mash-up of quite a few fairy tales. I’m pretty sure this skewed my enjoyment of the book. I went into Hero with different expectations and I enjoyed this book more because of it.
Saturday is the personification of “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”. She badly wants something, almost anything, to happen so it breaks up the monotony of her day to day life in the Woodcutter cottage. Remember that saying be careful what you wish for?
Kontis keeps the plot moving at a pretty steady clip. I was never really bored and almost always entertained. The story itself is pretty good if not familiar. Again Hero by Alethea Kontis is a mash-up of fairy tales and their characters. This book is also a sequel so there wasn’t a ton of introductions of new characters or a lot of new world building.
The characters that Knotis introduces in Hero were all worth the introduction! To be honest, I laughed more than I expected to. There’s just something about a prince who cross dresses to appease the witch he can’t escape and the smart ass chimera he calls friend. If I’m being honest, Betwixt is probably my favorite character. His sarcastic, yet truthful, insights instantly clicked with me.
With Enchanted I was rather apathetic about continuing the series. Hero helped bring the series on track for me and I’m excited to see where Alethea Kontis takes the series next.