Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: Trickster #2.5, Tortall #26
In: Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection (Tamora Pierce)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Medieval fantasy, Strong women, Tricksters
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Nawat propped her up, silent, holding her tight.
Nawat and Aly have been my favourite Tortall couple since I first cracked the spine of Tricker’s Choice. There is just something so fascinating and unique about them that has led me to read the Trickster series again and again and again. In fact, it’s one of my most read series, and I’m going to have to replace my copy soon…
Alright, I got a little off topic there, but all that this means is that a follow up short story to the Trickster duology was quite possibly the most perfect tale that I could think of. Writing it from the quirky point of view of Nawat only helped to add to the flavour. It was also wonderful finally seeing his love for Aly through his eyes – after all, he did become a man for her.
There are a lot of stories (novellas, and short stories) that display motherhood, childbirth and everything in between as beautiful and glorious. Which I’m sure it is, but I can’t imagine that the actual act of childbirth will ever be a beautiful, life-affirming moment. Painful is the word that truly comes to mind, and Pierce shows this amazingly. Aly’s hormonal fluctuations, frustration and overwhelming throughout, and immediately following, the birth of her children is so realistic that you just want to reach through the page and give her a huge hug. The creation of their family is still a life-affirming and beautiful moment, but at no point is it portrayed as easy. A realism which I definitely appreciate and think needs to be bought forth more often when discussing such a huge change in a woman’s life (both physically and mentally).
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