- Title: Tess of the Road
- Author: Rachel Hartman
- ISBN: null
- Page: 407
- Format: Hardcover
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker You can t make a scene at your sister s wedding and break a relative s nose with one punch no matter how pompous he is and not suffer the consequences As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, TeIn the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker You can t make a scene at your sister s wedding and break a relative s nose with one punch no matter how pompous he is and not suffer the consequences As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her So when she runs into an old friend, it s a stroke of luck This friend is a quigutl a subspecies of dragon who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road But Tess is guarding a troubling secret Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in ways than one.
Recent Comments "Tess of the Road"
The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't get into the way it was delivered. I've never read any of the Seraphina books, and unfortunately, this book has retroactively put my interest off Rachel Hartman's earlier series. For those of you drawn to this book bec [...]
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here!DNF 50%This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our thoughts here (though the latter half are in Italian, I'm afraid) and what I'll do here below is copy and paste my comments on each block of chapters (translating, partly or entirely, those in Italian). They are complete with [...]
YOU GUYS.What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much I might burst. It's all "Come for the fantasy quest adventure STAY FOR THE DISSECTION OF RAPE CULTRE" and it's absolutely on point throughout.One of the hallmarks of Hartman's work is her ability to kill your heart wi [...]
AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and BAM everyone's like "yes this is a boy". yet in these books that's how it goes, and idk, i don't like that. it's just a personal thing, i guess, nothing inherently wrong with the trope it's just yeah. also i feel like [...]
DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out of me
My Rating: 2.5 StarsTess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the medieval kingdom of Goredd, that is totally and completely unacceptable for a “lady.” Rebellious acts, even if justified have consequences and Tess has spent her life facing them, head on, but she is who she is, pe [...]
I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would be followed by "bored" "hated" "impossible" and the like.I guess I can see that. My own impression of this book, which I finished a few days ago, and have been contemplating since, is "a glorious mess."Things I liked: the dr [...]
UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book.Won a copy in a giveaway but havent received it yet and that was December 22nd.
My rating: 1.5OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT?WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN THE BOOOK!I just can't with this fact. 🙄I was just so excited when I found this book and that cover. I couldn't wait for release day as I added it to my want to read list. Sigh! And than oh I got the book. And haay exc [...]
Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a WriterIn this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hearkens back to the dreams of her youth.The short reviewFirst I feel a need to explain my rating the writing is top notch, clearly a 5 star the storytelling though leaves a lot to be desired, a 1 star and perhaps even a zero s [...]
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2018/02/18/I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn’t a big fan of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her new book because I have a love for “wanderlust” stories and the description of Tess as a “troublemaker” immediately piqued my interest.To her credit, our protagonist was living up to that promise from the start. When she was a [...]
I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected.Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book, read the prior two novels set in this world entitled, "Seraphina" and "Shadowscale". I have not read those novels and I think if I had it would have made everything more clear. This fantasy world is a difficult one t [...]
I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest reviewMy expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is2.5/5 StarsYou can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.This is a book that takes place in the same world as in Serafina, personally I haven't read that book, but I think that if you have read it, you may enjoy more aspects of Tess of the RoadTess [...]
You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend.
Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tackles so many important and hard topics that I am deeply passionate about. Religion, slut-shaming, the glorification of virginity, and the dissection of rape culture. Not even to mention the poignant commentary on parent [...]
ARC received from Random House Children’s via Netgalley for a fair review. It is my policy to not give a star rating to a book that I DNF.“We are adrift, and the thinnest breeze may blow us where it will.”+As Tess was growing up it became exceedingly evident that she was the bad child in her family. After a series of situations that find her on the bad side her family decides to send her to a nunnery. Tess decides to take her future to the road instead.The StoryI only made it to 32% before [...]
Netgalley #8Many thanks go to Rachel Hartman, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This is the first of a duology set in the world of another of the author's characters- Seraphina. I've read that book, so I thought I'd check out this one.This is really good, but i dont know if I agree that twelve year olds should read it. I'm just thinking of my nieces, and there are a few subjects discussed that I wouldn't feel comfortable about them rea [...]
*I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*DNF at ~40% Sadly, this book is not for me. It greatly lacked the spark and magic of Seraphina. I tried to like this. I really did.Generally, with ARCs, I always try to push through until the end. But even my effort to try to push through until I about the halfway point was a bit of a struggle. Because all this book makes me feel is bored. First off, let me start by saying the writing is not particularly bad. The book t [...]
4 starsTess has been a troublemaker at birth, ever since she shoved her way out of her mother's womb before her twin sister. She's now suffering consequences for some of her trouble-making ways, and instead of heading towards the nunnery her parents are looking into, Tess puts on her boots and journeys across the Southlands, pretending to be a boy.Tess doesn't know where she's going, but with the help of an old quigutl (a dragon subspecies) friend, she now has purpose and protection on the road. [...]
This is going to be a very difficult review to write.Tess of the Road filled a void for me that won't (I hope) exist for most people, and because of that, Tess is my soul. I'm convinced there must be a better word in German to describe how much I love Tess Dombegh and how much I am Tess Dombegh. I can't find it, so I will try to explain.I have felt Tess' pain. I have known Tess' rejection. Although she has certainly had greater misfortune than me (and certainly greater adventure) her he [...]
See my FULL review of this book on my blog along with others at: shesgoingbookcrazyI received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!DNFing at 30%Content Warning: Underage Drinking, Drunkenness, Sex-Shaming”If Tess pretended she was married hard enough, could she fool herself into having a baby?”I can confidently say that I have given Rachel Hartman a second chance with reading this book, hoping for the best. I readSeraphina in 2017 and ended up DNFing [...]
Trigger warnings for this book: miscarriage, slut-shaming, rape.I was lucky enough to acquire the ARC of this book in a trade, and I've since passed it along to one of the team leads at the Stanford bookstore, who's quite the Seraphina fan, enough to have made that book one of her official Staff Picks. Tess of the Road, it's quite a different kettle of fish than Hartman's previous two fantasy tales, and while I give it the same official GR rating, it's really more of a 4.25, if not a 4.5, than S [...]
I received a copy of Tess of the Road via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The concept is good and the plot is there but I will be honest, I DNF'd Tess of the Road at 17%. This is the quickest I have ever decided that a book is not for me but I just cannot stand it. Because everything to make a great story is there I am giving it two stars. It has promise but that is it.Tess is angsty and angry. She does not care for others feelings and is very poor me, sob story, everyone hates me. I [...]
*Update - 1/19/18*Ohhh how I tried with this one. I love Rachel Hartman, but reading this was like wading through molasses. While the characters were complex and original, particularly Tess, I just couldn't get into it enough to read more than a few chapters. The prose just caused my mind to wander and trying to decipher the meaning from certain passages left me exhausted.I'm disappointed in myself with this one, and I think down the road I will give it another shot. For now, after three months [...]
DNF. Review to come.
~I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~Buddy read with Simona :3DNF 50%I was a bit scared that not having read Seraphina & The Shadow Scale could affect/spoil this reading*. I wish that were the case.However, sadly, I hated this book for very different reasons.➤ Tess was a huge disappointment. The prologue presents us Tess as a child and I adored her: she was a wildfire, pure energy. Comparing that little girl with Grown-Up-Tess… well, I w [...]
I have never read a fantasy book like this. Where to start? Tess of the Road is one of those books that has become essential to me, one of the books that will always be a part of me. I feel like it gave words and shape to the subtle emotional traumas that can make a person turn on themselves and think of themselves as nothing, as inherently "bad." The depression and apathy and anger at everything and everyone. Butwhat makes this beautiful, and special, and incredible is Tess's step at a time, da [...]
Tess of The Road will not be for everyone. In fact, I feel like majority of the people who pick this up (because of the gorgeous cover, or because the author recognition) are going to mark this book as DNF. Tess of The Road follows our main character, Tess, who is upset with how her life is going and after several not so great choices that have showed her the truth about the closest people to her, she decides to run away. In order to blend in better, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and [...]
Tess of the Road was a book that fell flat for me, which was extremely disappointing. The one thing I really enjoyed about this book was the writing style. The author really has a way with words! The writing flowed so beautifully and really pulled me in. I was hoping the writing style was enough to make me love this book, but I just couldn't get into this story.I think the worst part of this book for me was the main character, Tess. I just had such a hard time connecting with her. I loved her mo [...]
*** ARC received in exchange for an honest review***In Rachel Hartman's continuation in world from Seraphina, she gives us, Tess of the Road. As we continue in the world of a medieval kingdom where women are to be ladies, men are treat like kings, and dragons roam free, we have the story of Tess and her journey. Every story whether fiction or non fiction, leaves each reader with something different from it. For me there is so many different unlying issues and feelings during Tess's journey. This [...]
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