Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Tess of the Road

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alon...


Details Tess of the Road

TitleTess of the Road
Author
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Dragons, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Tess of the Road

  • Emily May
    2018-03-14
    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being “slow” and being “compelling” are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about people, relationships and a young woman's life. The magic is limited and if you took out the few fantastical elements - namely, the dragons and quigutl - then this coul...
  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    2017-10-07
    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't get into the way it was delivered. I've never read any of the Seraphina books, and unfortunately, this book has retroactively put my interest off Rachel Hartman's earli...
  • E.K. Johnston
    2017-06-23
    YOU GUYS.What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much I might burst. It's all "Come for the fantasy quest adventure STAY FOR THE DISSECTION OF RAPE CULTRE" and it's absolutely on point throughout.One of the hallmarks of H...
  • Tatiana
    2018-03-14
    A story after my own heart.Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a careful, loving, empathetic, compassionate exploration of what it is to be a "bad" young woman, to make mistakes and meet your parents' worst expectations, to be confined a...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    2017-11-03
    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here!DNF 50%This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our thoughts here (though the latter half are in Italian, I'm afraid) and what I'll do here below is copy and paste my comments on each block of chapters (translating, partly or en...
  • TheBookSmugglers
    2018-02-27
    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary
  • Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
    2017-09-21
    My rating: 1.5OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT?WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN THE BOOOK!I just can't with this fact. 🙄I was just so excited when I found this book and that cover.... I couldn't wait for release day as I added it to my want to read...
  • Dianne
    2018-01-13
    My Rating: 2.5 StarsTess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the medieval kingdom of Goredd, that is totally and completely unacceptable for a “lady.” Rebellious acts, even if justified have consequences and Tess has spent her li...
  • Juli
    2018-03-01
    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scene at her twin sister's wedding where she punched a priest (he really did deserve it), she decides to set out on her own to avoid being sent to a convent. She disgui...
  • Amber
    2018-01-12
    This is going to be a very difficult review to write.Tess of the Road filled a void for me that won't (I hope) exist for most people, and because of that, Tess is my soul.  I'm convinced there must be a better word in German to describe how much I love Tess Dombegh and how much I am Tess Dombegh.  I can't find it, so I will try to explain.I have felt Tess' pain.  I have known Tess' rejection.  Although she has certainly had greater misfortun...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    2018-02-24
    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected.Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book, read the prior two novels set in this world entitled, "Seraphina" and "Shadowscale". I have not read those novels and I think if I had it would have made everything m...
  • Justine
    2017-09-22
    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018.Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her prospects for a respectable marriage and so now puts her energy towards helping her twin sister acheive that goal instead. But when Jeanne secures a good husband, the only ...
  • Melissa Jacobson
    2018-01-23
    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tackles so many important and hard topics that I am deeply passionate about. Religion, slut-shaming, the glorification of virginity, and the dissection of rape culture. Not...
  • Misty
    2018-01-09
    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend.
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2018-02-21
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hearkens back to the dreams of her youth.The short review...First I feel a need to explain my rating... the writing is top notch, clearly a 5 star... the storytelling though ...
  • Keertana
    2018-03-07
    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of the best writers in fantasy do: she creates a world that is wholly different from our own and yet, it parallels our universe in important ways that she exploits to ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2018-02-13
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/...I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn’t a big fan of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her new book because I have a love for “wanderlust” stories and the description of Tess as a “troublemaker” immediately piqued my interest.To her credit, our protago...
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    2018-02-19
    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest reviewMy expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is2.5/5 StarsYou can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.This is a book that takes place in the same world as in Serafina, personally I haven't read that book, but I think that if you have read it, y...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2018-02-16
    4 starsTess has been a troublemaker at birth, ever since she shoved her way out of her mother's womb before her twin sister. She's now suffering consequences for some of her trouble-making ways, and instead of heading towards the nunnery her parents are looking into, Tess puts on her boots and journeys across the Southlands, pretending to be a boy.Tess doesn't know where she's going, but with the help of an old quigutl (a dragon subspecies) frien...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    2017-10-18
    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*DNF at ~40% Sadly, this book is not for me. It greatly lacked the spark and magic of Seraphina. I tried to like this. I really did.Generally, with ARCs, I always try to push through until the end. But even my effort to try to push through until I about the halfway point was a bit of a struggle. Because all this book makes me feel is bored. First off, let me start by sayi...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2018-02-03
    Netgalley #8Many thanks go to Rachel Hartman, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This is the first of a duology set in the world of another of the author's characters- Seraphina. I've read that book, so I thought I'd check out this one.This is really good, but i dont know if I agree that twelve year olds should read it. I'm just thinking of my nieces, and there are a few subjects discuss...
  • Ricky
    2017-10-11
    Trigger warnings for this book: miscarriage, slut-shaming, rape.I was lucky enough to acquire the ARC of this book in a trade, and I've since passed it along to one of the team leads at the Stanford bookstore, who's quite the Seraphina fan, enough to have made that book one of her official Staff Picks. Tess of the Road, it's quite a different kettle of fish than Hartman's previous two fantasy tales, and while I give it the same official GR rating...
  • Angelica
    2018-02-27
    Once upon a time, I came across a book with a pretty cover. That book was Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I knew nothing about it other than that it had to do with dragons and that it was 500+ pages.  With a little hesitation and all the optimism I could muster, I read it. And you know what? I loved it.So, as you could imagine, I was extremely excited to know that this book was being written taking place in the same world as Seraphina. I was even...