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Hero, the sequel to Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, brings us the adventure of Saturday Woodcutter, the sister “doomed to a happy life.” In Hero, Saturday discovers the adventure she’s been craving, meets a cross-dressing love interest, and defies the power of the mountain witch who plans to wreck havoc on the the world.
I love Enchanted, and I love Hero even more. Each sister has a unique personality and an adventure tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. Saturday’s impulsiveness brings an ocean of chaos that sails her far away from home, where her bravery and stubbornness serve her well against the witch and her flying familiar. And although Saturday is absolutely not interested in romance, she meets her match in Peregrine, the young man that the blind witch has mistaken for her own daughter.
In fact, Hero has a lot of gender swapping, from the hilarious to the subversive, encouraging the reader to laugh at our own expectations. Saturday is a tall, large, heavy-lifter, so she believes she’s not the type for romance. Ha! Both the protagonist and the villain are strong female characters, and Peregrine is an appropriate supporting character. With the Woodcutter series in general and with Hero in particular, Alethea Kontis proves that there are strong female characters in the YA market. In her interview with USA Today, Kontis says:
“What I hope to convey to the modern teen is that you can be a hero or a madman, no matter what sex you are. Your adventure all depends on YOU, and the paths you choose to take in your life.”
Alethea Kontis writes Hero with a lively voice that is sure to delight as Saturday deals with dragons, enchanted swords, and blind witches. Hero is an adventure to fill readers’ – and Saturday’s — hearts.
Scope out Hero, the Woodcutter Series, and find out more about Princess Alethea and her various fiction online at: www.aletheakontis.com and on twitter at @AletheaKontis .
PS. Hero is so awesome, it has two different covers! So yes, that cover you see on Amazon (or wherever) IS the same book.
Michelle Ristuccia enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, http://wakingdreamsblog.blogspot.com , or twitter stalk her at http://twitter.com/ mrsmica