This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead
Series: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2
Serials Reviewed: Princess of Tyrone, Dwarves of Calcus
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Purchase at: Amazon
Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.
Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel's quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she's discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.
The problem is, Hansel's paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they're all being hunted.
I am not usually a fairytale reader but I do enjoy reading the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles. I love the idea of a story evolving from the ending of a famous fairytale. Even better is that the characters have their struggles from what they endured previously. I am always excited to see where the story goes. 😉
Hansel and Gretel’s tale of horror with the witch in the woods is a famous story that I am sure most are familiar with. What I enjoyed with Myths of Mish is that Katie Hamstead gave us a delightful tale of what happened after they escaped from the woods. This story follows Hansel and Gretel who are now young adults. Hansel is a man who is closed off from everyone but Gretal and his only focus in life is keeping her safe and happy. To say he is a bit over protective is an understatement. Gretel was not as changed as Hansel. Her character does not exhibit any major issues related to trauma. She is a cute character who wants nothing but the best for her brother.
Since their abduction, Hansel has become suspicious of all magical creatures and magical activity. He has made it his focus to learn as much as he could about all things magical. Considered by most to be paranoid, no one takes Hansel’s accusations toward his stepmother, of influencing his father for nefarious reasons, seriously. With the exception of Minna, Gretel’s friend since childhood, she gives him the benefit of the doubt. I will say that I personally enjoyed the story of Minna’s character immensely. She was cast in a certain light at the start but as the story developed her character was truly more than she seemed.
Minna had quite the crush on Hansel when they were younger but he was such a brute to her that she could only admire him from afar really. More than anything she is Gretel’s friend and just wants to protect her. So, when she finds that Hansel and Gretel are trying to leave the capital of Mish she follows them and forces her way on to their ship. What follows is an adventure that involves danger, pirates, traveling by unconventional means, sirens, and a sweet love story.
I liked that Hansel was not ok in this story. He had a firm belief that he knew how he and his sister ended up in the woods and he was not going to let it rest. His determination to protect Gretel felt authentic and I liked that there was mention of his character having had therapy after the ordeal in the woods. That made the character feel real and less like a fairytale character. I did not particularly care for his treatment of others but it allowed his character to show development.
There were some science fiction elements in this story but nothing like the first book in this series. I missed that sci-fy feel and had hopes that this story would have more. This tale had more of a fantasy element. Although, I did find the plot with its twists quite surprising. I don’t want to say too much as to give away important details, but it is quite unique.
Not a fan of the mixed voices in this story. It mixed first person and third person points of view in a way I did not appreciate. It opened with Hansel and Gretel in third person point of view. Then the story switched to Minna’s voice in first person in the second chapter. If there is going to be a 1st POV in the story I would have preferred that the story start with that POV as a lead in the story. This is a personal preference and it is something that I just did not care for.
What started off a little slow for me soon became a fast-paced adventure with charming characters. There was humor, romance, and conflict. This story is definitely creative and entertaining. This is a cute read. It will be a gem for readers who enjoy fairytales with an emphasis on a continuation of a well-known story.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Curiosity Quills Press for this eARC of Myths of Mish*