Started: June 20, 2017
Finished: June 24, 2017
Rating: 3/5 stars
You seem to have rolled out of a muddy pond and caught your dress on a hundred branches. Perhaps you also bumped into a fair maiden, making off with her apron.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So this was a book I added on impulse to my TBR about two years ago. I then received it from NetGalley last autumn and decided that now, June 2017, it was definitely time for me to read it.
This story follows Noll, a young woman who lives in a village where all men are forced to wear masks and are destined to fall in love with one woman – their goddess. Once the men have found their goddess they will do her bidding until the day she returns their love – at which point the man may remove his mask. Noll is a bit of a tomboy, running around with the boys playing with swords (wooden sticks) instead of learning a trade, but one by one her friends find their goddesses, with Noll’s best friend and crush Jurij finds his goddess in Noll’s sister. Noll decides to find out why the men are forced to fall in love as they do and goes in search for the mysterious Lord of the village, believing him to be able to break the curse. She soon finds out, however, that perhaps she has more to do with this curse than she had ever thought.
I found this novel simple and enjoyable. Bits and pieces of it were quite predictable, but the writing flowed really well and made it a good read anyhow. Noll was a bit annoying at times – I really did not feel at all attached to her or her quest, but at times I was able to look past that and instead look at the story and characters as a whole, which helped. I would have liked the story to be more detailed and further developed – it might actually have been possible to extend this into a trilogy alone, because the connection with the next book feels quite loose at the moment. At least that is how I would have done it.
I feel like I should also adress the fact that I saw someone on Goodreads comment, without having read the book, that it sounded like in this novel there are only heterosexual relationships. And yes, it certainly sounds like that. However, the men in this novel are cursed to “only love one woman”. Those exact words. The women are not cursed in any way and there are women who are revealed to be gay, but cannot be together due to the men being cursed to love them. So it’s not an “anti-lgbt-relationships” book – the curse has caused the relationships to be heterosexual only instead of mixed.
I will most likely pick up the next book at some point, but I cannot say when that will be.