Hello readers! In April I read Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole, I was able to get a copy off of Netgalley and the magic system that was described seemed interesting, so I gave it a shot. Now, after weeks of rethinking my thoughts on this new fantasy book, I’ve finally managed to compile them into a somewhat cohesive review!
*This book was sent through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Even teenage assassins have dreams.
Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.
Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom.
Content Warningkilling, scenes of enbyohobia, domestic abuse
If you’re looking for a great mix of rep this is the book for you! Ellie is queer, it isn’t openly explained what her sexual orientation is, but from the story you can gather that she is part of the community. Then you have the side characters, Cam who’s gay, and Tav who’s nonbinary and one of the love interests. The romance isn’t in your face, it’s implied, subtle, we do get a few scenes that are cute and heart felt. If you don’t like romance in adventure books, this is perfect for you! But if you need that romance to get you hooked, there’s enough for the reader to get interested without feeling overwhelmed.
Ellie is a “made thing” basically she was created by witches to do things for them, mainly hunt down ghosts in the human world. She’s not entirely human though, she’s made of certain objects, but she doesn’t know the full list of objects that were used to create her. She does find out of a few along the way. This was pretty interesting to read about, all her weapons are made from her, she looses one and it’s like loosing a limb.
Something I also loved is that the author dones’t simply say what the baldes are made of. They exaplin it through feelings, acenes, things that you can connect with more than just emotions. For example Ellie expalins that one blade felt like wamr coffee, another feels like ocean breeze, it paints a better picture that seems much more whole than just emotions.
Something I wish would’ve been explained a bit more was how the witch council owrks, how the palace functioned. The book centers around the characters looking for an object they need to conclude their mission, but I kept having this urge to learn more about the council, and the witches overall. Knowing this is just book 1 of the series I cans ee it being explained more in the upcoming book(s).
The overall plot is interesting, the quest to find the secret key is intense. The characters go through many conditions in the witch world, dessert, attacks, it makes for a gripping story. The characters were able to develop at a calming pace though, in a way nothing felt rushed. It seemed as though the bonds they had were natural and made snese.
Something I liked was that the plot was never really fully put on hold to have a monologue where Ellie explained what was happening, there wasn’t any need for it. The author did a fantastic job at making things feel high stake, they managed to get me hooked and not let go of the book for a good portion.
However, during the last third of the book, I found myself loosing interest, things became a bit more sprawled out. The exciting moments became a bit more dispersed, which made it hard to pick it up and continue reading. But in the end, it did pick up pace, and we got a bit more background on a few previous relationships.
Girl of Hawthorn and Galls was a weird fantasy book, in a good way! The plot was interesting, and the cliffhanger ending was shocking. I loved each character in their own way, for their jokes, personality, stories, and so much more. I’d recommend you give it a shot! It’ll be out in October, but I couldn’t wait to give you my thoughts! Final rating: