Stisele of Imlen knows she's in trouble, but not how much. The young adopted daughter of Beltresa's sovereign longs to be a weapon in her mother's service — even against her birth family, should Utroneth ask it. If only Stisele could master the temper that drives her to pepper the royal heir with petty kin-curses.But Stisele's dreams are bigger than the balance of intrigueStisele of Imlen knows she's in trouble, but not how much. The young adopted daughter of Beltresa's sovereign longs to be a weapon in her mother's service — even against her birth family, should Utroneth ask it. If only Stisele could master the temper that drives her to pepper the royal heir with petty kin-curses.But Stisele's dreams are bigger than the balance of intrigues that keeps her alive and captive in this perilous royal court. She can be more than a speaker of kin-curses. She deserves a life beyond the palace islet she's never left. Her two imaginary friends, if indeed that's what they are, tell her so.If Stisele is to make her own life in a world that's not ready for her, she must regain the trust of wary allies. She must begin to control the power of the kin-curse — her imaginary friends are as much hindrance as help. And she will have to give up her place in the only home she's ever known....
|Title||:||The Imlen Brat|
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The Imlen Brat Reviews
Stisele is a hot-tempered, impetuous child who comes across as just that, which is very refreshing. It is very difficult to write convincingly as a child without appearing to be just that bit too wise and self-aware – and Stisele isn’t either. She is also in a very difficult place and I enjoyed the fact that we appreciated her precariousness well before she did. Her two imaginary friends also produce a nice plot twist near the end of this story.The cast of characters - from her spoilt step-sister who is to be the future ruler, to her loving and very concerned step-mother - all jump off the page, giving us an opportunity to view them both through Stisele’s eyes and gauge our own opinions about them. This is far harder to accomplish than Avery makes it look and for me, this was a large part of the joy of this novella, also providing some welcome shafts of humour, even while I was wincing.Overall, this novella is a delight. But the moment I completed it, I went looking for more from this talented writer and found nothing else, which was quite frustrating as this clearly reads as an opening salvo to a longer adventure in a politically complicated, well depicted world with clear magical rules. I hope that Avery has plans to release a full-length novel in this world soon – I for one, will be only too pleased to scoop it up and become engrossed once more in Stisele’s adventures.My copy of The Imlen Brat was provided by the publisher via Netgalley, which has not affected my unbiased review of the novella in any way.
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .Me first thought after completing this book was “That’s all? . . . F*ck I did it again!” Arrrrghhh! Remember the last time I thought a novella was a novel? Yup. This too is a novella, and I want more!The title of this story is what caught me attention. The protagonist is 7 year old Stisele of Imlen. The brat. She is a member of the royal court as an adoptive daughter of the ruler. Stisele is considered to have unfortunate parentage and her current situation stems from her birth.She is a stubborn, feisty, knucklehead. She wants to be a pirate! The author does a great job of making Stisele a bratty child with an unusual presence that makes her so engaging.The small glimpse given of the world building, characters, magic and politics were so compelling that I am greedy for more. I don’t want to spoil it for ye though so this be all the details yer gettin’ . . .Side note: this novella was completed with the help of a Kickstarter. Cool huh?So lastly . . .Thank you Point Quay Press!If ye want to see more of me reviews go to https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...
MORE PLEASE! Every character we meet, especially the bastard brat herself, Stisele, but even her much brattier royal sibling, Jrene, left me wanting to see more of them. The brief bits of the world we get to see here left me want to see so much more of it. (Like Stisele, I want to see all of the world.) Absolutely snapping good fantasy.
This reads more like the start of a novel than a stand-alone novella, but it made me want to read that novel for sure. Really interesting characters and world-building.
Stisele is delightful. This feels like the first section, the origin story maybe, in a much larger project, like The Sword in the Stone is for The Once and Future King. I look forward to subsequent installments.
Stisele of Imlen is a marvelous protagonist in a beautifully-built world, the bastard adoptee of the ruler of the city. Stisele's adopted sister is also her enemy, and none of the friendships she's built can outweigh that enmity--or her birth. Stisele herself doesn't know all the reasons why, though some of them unfold to the reader over the course of the novella. The tension of the adults' desire to take care of Stisele and what may be politically expedient are not always apparent to Stisele but present and dreadful for those around her. Highly recommended.
*I received a digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*3.5 stars - I very much enjoyed this novella. I have never read anything by this author before but the story sounded intriguing. One of the main things I liked about this was the world/setting. Granted we only get a brief look as this is a novella, but it just seemed like such an interesting world. The characters were also well written, and I wouldn't mind more stories with them in this world. Overall I really enjoyed this novella and I would recommend it.