Hello, booklovers! Welcome to my stop for “Wench” by Maxine Kaplan, the book tour organized by TBR and Beyond Tours!
First of all I wanted to thank TBR and Beyond Tours, NetGalley, ABRAMS Kids and Amulet Books, for the chance to read and review this amazing and funny book!
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: January 19th, 2021
Content warning: Some magic in the book involves self-harm.
A funny, fiercely feminist YA epic fantasy—following the adventures of a tavern wench
Tanya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her. But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her. Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.
“Wench” was an absolutely pleasure to read! Set in a world where magic exists, but only few are able to use it without crazy incidents, the main character is Tanya, who has worked at her tavern since she was a little girl. When her guardian dies and she risks losing everything she’s ever known, she’s determined to do do anything in her power to get her home back. That means travelling to the Capital and petitioning to the King and Queen. Her whole world expands, not only geographically, but also personally, including meetings with unscrupolous and peculiar guards with unknown business, guild of thieves, magicians and a magic feather drawn to her.
This book was so funny and incredible. It’s fast paced and it was so amazing reading about Tanya, whose life was confined to the tavern, adapting and adjusting to everything this crazy journey throws at her. Tanya is a brilliant main character. She learned how to read people, how to use everything for her advantage, how to adapt and when her life is turned upside down, Tanya is unbelievably stubborn and resourceful. Magic and adventure, kidnappings and breathtaking escapes, indipendent mare and feather, this epic fantasy is funny, brilliant and wonderfully written. The characterization is one of the things I loved the most in this book and Tanya is a genuine heroine with her stubborness, smart retorts and abilities. I loved reading about her interactions with…well, basically, everyone, because this book is full of funny and intriguing moments, like the bond between Tanya and Jana, or between Tanya and Rollo and so on. I love Jana and Riley, they are really complex and amazing, Rollo is a captivating character and Greer too.
It’s really amazing reading about a main character so relatable and lifelike and the story is full of plot twists, peculiar magic and many adventures. So I definitely recommend this book to those who love a good epic fantasy with great characters.
Maxine Kaplan was born in Washington, DC. She and her twin sister spent their early childhoods trotting behind their journalist parents as they traveled around the world, eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY. Maxine graduated from Oberlin College in 2007. Following a long stint in the world of publishing, she has worked as a private investigator since 2009. She lives in her adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her dimwitted, but soulful cat.
Her first novel The Accidental Bad Girl received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and will be available in paperback January 5, 2021. Her sophomore novel, Wench, is coming in January 19, 2021.
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