Tess of the Road

Tess of the Road

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"Tess Dombegh journeys through the kingdom of Goredd in search of the World Serpents and finds herself along the way"-- Provided by publisher.
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. When Tess's family decides the only path for her is a nunnery, she chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. The open road is a map to somewhere else-- a life where she might belong.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101931288
Branch Call Number: TEEN F HAR
Characteristics: 536 pages ; 22 cm


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So much love for the unlovable protagonist, Tess, and her strange journeys to find a World Serpent (a huge being living under the earth) with a scaly, gender-fluid companion, dressed as a boy. We empathized with her bad choices, and being a crappy friend, and just had all the feels for her as she changed and grew throughout the book. We never wanted it to end!

Jul 30, 2018

This, the final book of Hartman/s Seraphina trilogy, has some surprises in store for the fans of her series filled with half-dragons and dragons and most plotlines are wrapped up satisfactorily. Seraphina, first book in the series, is the place to start, of course, and is the best book of the three. Still, I confess to impatiently awaiting the appearance of this third volume and I wasn't at all disappointed.

Jul 28, 2018

Loved this book. Can’t wait for the next one to see what happens next. This book is different from the other dragon fantasies I’ve read and I really liked it

samcmar Jul 06, 2018

I should have read this book sooner. Seraphina is one of my favourite fantasy novels, and I was beyond thrilled to find out that Rachel Hartman finally had a new book coming out set int he same universe. I also haven't been reading as much fantasy lately, so it was so nice to pick this up and fly through it. Plus, this book has dragons, and dragons are A+ in my books.

This is a rich and character driven fantasy novel. Tess is a fantastic, snarky, lovable heroine and I loved being on this journey with her. I loved how sassy and take charge she is! And she wasn't even my favourite character! That crown goes to Pathka, who just made this book everything I wanted it to be and more. But in all seriousness, this book is about Tess' growth as a character, and it looks at her life in alternative perspectives in how she's grown and her connection with the dragons. Tess goes through some horrific things in her life, yet you cannot help but root for her.

Also some of the deaths in this book ruined me. RUINED ME. No spoilers, but they were so heartbreaking and I may have yelled at the book for it. I recognize the book cannot talk back to me (and if it did, it would tell me it's feeding on my tears).

I think for a lot of fantasy readers Tess of the Road might be too much of a slow burn. Personally, I love fantasy novels that gradually build to its climax. This book lacks a lot of the fantasy tropes that people love -- there's no complicated magic systems or intalove -- just a story about a girl out on the open on the road, forging a new path for herself. What's not to love?

kobrien3 May 15, 2018

Tess of the Road is one of my favourite YA reads of 2018. I love Rachel Hartman's other books (Seraphina and Shadowscale), and I'm a sucker for a book where a strong female character forges her own path in the world. The themes of this book are challenging, real, and relatable and I cannot recommend it enough! Tess may not be a very likeable character at first, but she is real, honest, and facing real world challenges that are not often portrayed in fantasy. Her journey towards self acceptance and healing is beautifully written and something I didn't know I needed to see in YA fantasy until it was in my hands. If fantasy is your thing, don't pass this one up!
Heads up: while this is a stand alone novel, it is in the same world as Seraphina and Shadowscale, so there are a few spoilers for those stories if you haven't read them yet!


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