July 11, 2021

Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Format: eBook
Publisher: Balzer and Bray

“You trekked among the beasts and briars, and the deep heart led you all the way to Voryn”

 Among the Beasts and Briars was a fun, quick read. Overall, the story is reminiscent of a cross between the Disney version of the tale of Beauty and the Beast and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. 

The story follows Cerys, the kind-hearted daughter of the royal gardener and Fox, who was changed into a human by the magic in Cerys’ blood. Everything seems happy and bright at the beginning of the book, but things take a much darker turn when the coronation of Cerys’ best friend Princess Arwen goes horribly wrong. Together, Cerys and Fox must venture into the woods and attempt to find a cure for the “wood curse” that has taken over the kingdom. I really loved the ending of the story, and how an opening was left for future installments (even though this was designed as a stand-alone novel). 

The animals are my favorite characters in this novel. From the witty and complex Fox to the bear sidekick, they really gave the story more depth. I liked seeing how Fox struggled to balance the animal instincts with his new human feelings. One of my favorite novels of the year! I hope that Poston continues this story in future books. Any readers who are looking for a fun, whimsical read reminiscent of classic fairy tales will not be disappointed after reading this book.


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