Thursday, October 26, 2023

Swordheart Review

Hello, all!

Something about T. Kingfisher's books remind me of the fall, so it's the perfect time to talk about Swordheart.

Pub Date: 11-27-18
Adult - Fantasy

Halla has spent the years after her husband's death working as a maid to his great-uncle. But, the uncle has passed away, leaving Halla's future in the air. Until she learns that his entire estate was left to her; unfortunately, this also means that Halla is stuck with his horrible relatives who will do anything to take the inheritance for themselves-- including locking Halla in her chambers until she agrees to marry her wormy cousin. Desperate for a way out, Halla decides to take her own life, but when she unsheathes the sword hanging on her wall, a man pops out.

Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in the enchanted steel for hundreds of years. He is bound to serve whoever wields the blade and defend them at all costs. Sarkis refuses to let Halla kill herself and instead helps her to escape her imprisonment. Now, the pair must journey through roads filled with bandits, and deal with annoying inquisitors, slime creatures, and the world's slowest ox, if they hope to secure Halla's fortune.

I've had this on my radar for so long, and I'm glad I finally decided to pick it up. Kingfisher has such a way of crafting cheeky, fun fantasy/adventure stories, and I find them so entertaining. Her books are always easy to read. I loved Halla and Sarkis's relationship. It was so funny watching her pepper him with endless questions. Their romance was cute but didn't wow me. Also, I thought there wasn't enough going on with the plot to justify it being as long as it was. It drags in the middle, and I think if it were 50-100 pages shorter, it would've helped the story flow better. It's not my favorite of hers, but it was entertaining, and I'd still recommend it if you're looking for a whimsical but still-dark fantasy.

Rating: 3/5

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