Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ash, by Malinda Lo

Beautiful, haunting fractured fairytale- a feminist, lesbian Cinderella story. Ash (short for Aisling) suffers the usual tragedies of poor old Cinders, mother dying, father remarrying, father dying, stepmother and stepsisters turning her into the scullery girl, and then some, but this Cinderella knows her own mind, and needs no prince to save her. To give more away would spoil the plot, but I can't rave enough about this book. Ash's quasi-medieval world of woods and fairies and hunts and balls and greenwitches was fully realized, the world-building here was excellent, and image after image from this book lingers in my head. Beautiful, just beautiful.

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