Nettle & Bone


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$25.99  $24.17
Tor Books
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

T. KINGFISHER writes fantasy, horror, and occasional oddities, including "The Twisted Ones" and "Swordheart." Under a pen name, she also writes children's books. She lives in North Carolina.


"Deeply satisfying and darkly funny feminist fairytale.... At its heart a story of good people doing their best to make the unjust world a fairer place, this marvelous romp will delight Kingfisher's fans and fairytale lovers alike."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Blending fairy-tale familiarity and common-sense characters, Kingfisher's prose balances grim circumstances with humor and heart. Readers of Alix E. Harrow's A Spindle Splintered and Melissa Albert's 'The Hazel Wood' series should pick this up immediately." --Library Journal, starred review

"Nettle & Bone is full of delights and surprises--and proves that [Kingfisher] has more than a few tricks left up her sleeve."--Locus

"With NETTLE & BONE, T. Kingfisher solidifies her place as natural and inevitable heir to the greats of her genre, while remaining clearly and unquestionably a unique voice in fantasy. This book is a modern classic and belongs alongside The Last Unicorn and Spinning Silver on your shelf."--Seanan McGuire

"This book is so exciting, deeply wise, sad, brutal and compassionate all at once. And beautifully written, with a plot as cunning as fine embroidery. . . . When I finished I could hardly bear to tear myself away from this eerie, vivid world, with its struggling, flawed, wonderful characters."--Catriona Ward, author of Last House on Needless Street

"Nettle & Bone brings Kingfisher's signature honesty and authenticity to a fairy tale setting--the result is refreshing, earnest but not naive, and deeply satisfying. I devoured it. This is one that's going to stay with me for a long time."--Sarah Gailey, author of Magic for Liars

Nettle & Bone leans into the macabre and evokes the Grimm-est of stories... Highly recommended for fans of fractured fables like Naomi Novik's Uprooted (2015) and Helen Oyeyemi's Gingerbread (2019). --Booklist, starred review

Kingfisher's combination of comedy with feminist rage in a complex fairytale setting makes for a wholly entertaining read. -- Buzzfeed

"Witty, sparkling tale of a heroine's quest, full of matter-of-fact magic, impossible tasks, and a group of fantastic and charming companions. A delight throughout."--Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches

"Nettle & Bone is pure delight. T. Kingfisher uses the bones of fairy tale to create something entirely her own, written in gloriously clear and transparent prose. I devoured this story of a princess-nun rescuing her sister from an abusive marriage, and every fresh turn delighted me."--Emily Tesh, Hugo finalist, Silver in the Wood

"Nettle & Bone is what happens when all the overlooked bit players of classic fantasy somehow wind up on the main quest. It's funny, frightening, and full of heart; I loved it."--Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

"Charming and macabre--often both at the same time--Nettle & Bone has bite, proper jokes, effortlessly good storytelling and a really wonderful tomb labyrinth."--A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name

"Somehow, Kingfisher writes stories that put you at your ease and make you want to crawl out of your skin at the same time. I loved the way this horrified me--and, in the end, gave me hope."--Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles