I love the strong-willed main character in this book. Hazel has doubts and sometimes struggles with doing the right thing, but in the end she faces her fears to help others. There’s a bit of romance, but I found it realistic and not too cheesy, and it doesn’t overshadow the main plot at all. It’s an easy read- fast-paced & full of action. I do wish the other characters were developed a bit (like Tavi!) but maybe they will be in later books in the series.
The main character in this novella is a rather ordinary wife and mother of two, until raiders attack her city and kidnap her kids. Left alone, she picks up her father’s executioner’s ax and follows after her children. She learns to fight and raises an army of women whose families have been killed by the raiders.