Deschants is learning that things are often not what they
seem. Her nearly perfect husband, G, is far from faithful.
Her amazing baking is positively magical. And her kids are
growing into abilities she never would have expected. Mix
in dastardly deeds and vicious enemies and Daffy will need
every spoonful of magic she can manage. The novel is an interesting
bit of the unexpected as well. At first, it seems to have
almost a romance novel structure by switching viewpoints between
Daffy and her husband, but Daffy is learning hard that her
previous belief in romantic perfection was supported by magic
and lies so she's not looking for a happily ever after with
her husband. Plus, the addition of children definitely takes
us into unusual territory for this sort of novel. It's a family
story and a tale of learning to both stand on your own two
feet, and realizing that sometimes it's okay to lean on someone
else. Both are lessons Daffy, G, and their children are pushed
into learning by the seriousness of the dangers they face.
The relationships between Rose and the kids was a high spot
in the book. I so enjoy seeing a really healthy parent-child
relationship in storyteller, as it can be a bit rare. And
even G (who wasn't impressive in the husband department) turns
out to be a good dad and a character with some admirable moments.
Though the story is very different, I found it interesting
and compelling. The book had a lot of characters so some of
them came out flatter than I would have liked to see, but
the author may have big plans for them later in the series.
I look forward to seeing where the author goes with this group.