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Tess of the Road

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Richly textured fantasy addresses #MeToo issues.

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Coming-of-age stories are the bread and butter of the YA market, but this richly textured fantasy tale of self-discovery is something special. Tess of the Road is both witty and gritty, not shying away from its darker themes but leaving plenty of room for lighter moments. Author Rachel Hartman has created a heroine who refuses to be defined by the misfortunes that have happened to her. Fans of Seraphina won't be disappointed, and newcomers should have no problem in falling under Hartman's narrative spell. At the end, it's clear that there will be further adventures, but there's enough of a sense of resolution that readers won't feel cheated.

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