At first glance, this illustrated fairy-tale seems to be a children’s book, but as Rothfuss himself adamantly declares in the forward, it is not. This is a fairy tale for grown-ups that manages to twist in unexpected directions every time you think you have it figured out. Rothfuss’ knack for storytelling is just as on display in this short work as it is in his better known “The Name of the Wind”.

There’s not much else to say. If you are a fan of Patrick Rothfuss, then you will probably like this. If you are familiar with the author then you know that his sense of humor is a little warped and this book reflects that. It will appeal to anyone who ‘gets’ Rothfuss’ humor. I loved it, the only thing missing is his signature in the front of the book (someday…)

The reading time is under ten minutes, even enjoying the excellent artwork along the way which leads to my only gripe–the book is very highly priced for what it is. I’m not sure why that is–fans of Rothfuss will probably buy it–but the price seems to exclude other readers from discovering this story and this author, and that’s a shame.

Next up: The Edge of the World (Book 1 of the Terra Incognita series) by Kevin J. Anderson (at least until some more anthologies that I’ve ordered arrive).

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