The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson

The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson

Amazon.com: The Daughters of Ys (9781626728783): M. T. Anderson ...

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*Huge thank you to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review*

Rozenn and Dahut are the two daughters of a king and his powerful wife, Lady Malgven. After the sudden passing of Lady Malgven, the king and his two daughters are left to grieve. As each processes their loss separately, they grow apart and bitter towards each other. Rozenn grows to love nature, and solitude. She all but abandons her post as heir to the throne and lives a simple, almost naive lifestyle. Dahut takes on her mother’s magic, learning the mysteries behind the veil and seducing those who show interest. The king drowns himself in earthly pleasures, and is overall a hollowed version of himself. As the family is faced with sudden challenges, each handle them separately, which ultimately leads to profound loss and unhappiness between all of them.

Okay, so wow. I loved everything about this. The story was magical, dark, and mysterious. It left me wanting to know more about everything. The illustrations were so lush and breathtaking, I’ve read this probably three or four times just to enjoy them. I will give fair warning, this is not a happy go lucky type of book, so keep that in mind. But if you tend to enjoy traditional folklore and darker themes, then this is the book for you. I do have to say, I didn’t like the king one bit and that never changed throughout the book, and I wish it had a more satisfactory ending when it came to him. But overall, it was a spectacular book, one that I know I will pick up time and time again.

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