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Friday, July 31, 2015

review: The Long Journey Home by Cassandra Pierce

"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons." - Johann Schiller

The Long Journey Home
Wren has lived all of his eighteen years deep in the forest with his two fathers - Grum and Krulch. as he matures in mind and body, Wren questions why he looks so different from his ogre parents. one day, while chasing a baby griffin and being chased in return by its watchful mother, Wren wanders far from the sanctuary of his home and gets lost. he encounters another human for the first time and is brought to a village where he would find all the answers he seeks.
this is a sweet, romantic short story with fantasy elements that explores themes of isolation, family, love, friendship, prejudice and fear. although aimed at a more mature audience, there is no explicit content. the writing flows smoothly and the pacing is just right.
with his innocence and purity of love, Wren is such an endearing protagonist. the pain and anger he felt was heartbreaking but these give him resolve to right things between humans and ogres. in the end, he not only makes a difference but finds peace, happiness and true love. his long journey home is finally over.
i would not wish for this story to be expanded or revised. it may be short but it is perfect enough for me and it should stay that way.

*The Long Journey Home is available at Amazon. to read an excerpt and find out more information about Cassandra Pierce and her work, please visit Less Than Three Press.

my personal rating is:
The Long Journey Home contains material not suitable for younger readers 15 and under. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy for review from NetGalley. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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