Title: The Dragonbird in the Fern
Author: Lara Rueckert
Release Date: 04 May 2021
Rating: 3/5 stars
The Dragonbird in the Fern is a story about a girl who is thrust into a world she doesn’t understand. A foreign language, a foreign husband, foreign customs. Not to mention, everytime she tried to read words on a page, they jump and dance around.
Jiara is a try-er. In Afrikaans I would call her a “kannie-dood”. Despite failing multiple times at some things, she continues on trying. She keeps on trying to learn a difficult language, she keeps on trying to understand a new country and its people, she keeps on trying to find her sister’s killer.
Jiara and her husband don’t even speak the same language, but they manage to communicate.
I have to admit that I find the concept of Earthwalkers, one of the antagonists in the book, quite terrifying. The idea of ghosts going so mad with vengeance that they kill their families in a violent rage was intriguing, especially when an Earthwalker follows Jiara everywhere she goes.
I definitely felt there was some chemistry between Jiara and Raffar, but it still somehow felt like insta-love. The side-characters don’t feel very well-developed and although the villain’s character didn’t read as consistent, he proved to be a vicious antagonist.
Definitely a quick-paced, bite-sized, enjoyable fantasy for anyone who wants to get out of a reading slump.
*Thanks to Netgalley and Flux Books for providing me with a free arc in exchange for an honest review!
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Till we meet again!