Interesting Note: According to the M. M. Brothers’ website tatterwing.com, the concept of the Tatterwing Chronicles was birthed in the “rather warped mind of their mad Uncle Mortimer.” The archives were discovered in their late uncle’s basement and remastered in order to appeal to today’s readers.
After a mysterious book comes into her possession, Medo a.k.a. “Tatterwing” is exiled from her tiny swamp community for inadvertently dabbling in black magic. In search of a new home, she soon finds herself running for her life with a couple misfits with problems of their own. Replete with witches, wizards, dragons, fairies, and trolls, The Dragon Beshrewed revisits common themes in refreshing ways—and even includes some charming illustrations along the way!
Her companions come with their own rocky pasts and questionable motives. As a result, there is no clear-cut white knight to save the day. Instead we have realistic characters with their own ups and downs.
The plot itself is fleshed out. We’re given enough world-building and lore to keep us interested without being overwhelmed. The writing style is heavily descriptive, while at the same time rather breezy, and speeding through this novel in a couple days is a pure delight and quite immersive.
As you can see, anything bad I had to say was nit-picking at best. To fans of general fantasy, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Go read it now. If this book gets in front of enough pairs of eyes, it will be the next Harry Potter. But for the sake of all that is good in this world, M. M. Brothers, don’t let Tim Burton get his grubby little hands on it for the movie.