Historical fiction, Young Adult/Children

Smailholm by C.L. Williams

This is probably the first historical fiction aimed at young teens that I have read. I would not say children because of the concentration of the storyline on the romantic prospects and emotions of the lead cast of characters. If targetting children, I would assume it would focus more on the task at hand and the rescue being carried out, but that could just be me.

The story is of a girl who is the middle sister and not resigned to the life her family possibly has mapped out for her. She also harbours a secret. In the shadow of her tower, there is a miniature village cursed to be that way by her own relative. Now she finds out that the clock is ticking for their safety and she sets out with three others and temporary shrinking to find the resolution. They have trials on the way, and they do not really survive intact. There are deals to be made and family to be borne. It was a pretty good story, and although the series continues, I may not go with it. This can even serve as an individual tale. I would recommend this to anyone on the lookout for a different genre to read.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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