Once upon a time, there were three princesses. The youngest of these, who’s “almost a nun and barely a princess”, is on a quest.
Accompanying her are a dust-wife, a former knight who’s also a diplomat and a fairy godmother. Rounding out this ragtag bunch are a chicken with a demon, a highly motivated chick and quite possibly the best dog ever.
Their mission? Kill the prince. Don’t worry; he definitely deserves it.
“It’s a fool’s errand and we’ll probably all die”
I’m always keen to spread the word about books I love but every so often a read comes along that tips me over into book evangelism. This is one of those books. I want everyone to adore it as much as I did.
If you encounter me in the wild in the foreseeable future, I’m going to be recommending you read it and if you don’t love it as much as I did, you may notice me looking at you a little strangely. This will be my silently judging you for not getting it look.
How can you not love a book that brings the intrigue, the weird and the need to know everything in the first two sentences?
The trees were full of crows and the woods were full of madmen. The pit was full of bones and her hands were full of wires.
This book has everything I need in my life right now. The lengths you will go to for family, even the ones that don’t particularly like you. A found family who shouldn’t gel so well, but they do. A reminder that you can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved. Making the impossible possible. A quest that’s born from a need for justice. Bonedog.
Bonedog is one of my favourite characters of all time. I either need to permanently borrow him from Marra or
beg ask her really nicely if she would pretty please make a sibling for him and allow me to hang out with Bonedog II forever.
Content warnings include domestic abuse and miscarriage.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Titan Books for introducing me to Bonedog and the rest of my new found family.
Once Upon a Blurb
After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra – the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter – has finally realised that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself.
Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince – if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.
On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra’s family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.