In trying to collect my thoughts about Fangirl, I’ve found it difficult to achieve any sort of literary discussion or even logic.
It was the premise of Every Heart a Doorway that enticed me most: the idea of a school–a haven–for children who went through fantastical portals and experienced adventures and magic and danger. I imagined a cast of characters that would be like putting Dorothy Gale, Alice, the Pevensie children, and so many other characters who I envied as a child for finding those magical doors, being put up in school together.
For such a huge book, The Falcon Throne tells quite a tight story. The dramas are quite personal and intense ones–lovers torn apart by others’ political ambition, a young woman trapped in the gilded cage of her rank, an innkeeper protecting her children even from their own pasts.
I’m not usually a contemporary literature type. There’s not enough swords. So I was as surprised as anyone to find that I, epic-fantasy-adventure-time addict that I am, veritably inhaled this book.