Welcome to the book tour for The Monster Midwife by Lumen Reese. The tour is hosted by Love Books Group.
Alanna Rhee believes that all mothers deserve to deliver safely, even the monsters of the world. As a human enslaved to the fairies of Aerin, she made a pact with the king when she was just a child. She signed in blood. After studying midwifery, and for ten years attending to the most dangerous births of other magical creatures -earning wealth and prestige for the kingdom- she would win her freedom. With three years left to serve, multiple fairy kingdoms are on the brink of war. Queen Esmera of the Westlands is hated, feared, and called a ‘classless woman’. Worse still, she carries a child with no father, conceived from a deal with an ‘Old God’. Not knowing what deformities the baby may show, only the most experienced midwife in the land will do.
Alanna is trusted by all. She is asked to attend to Esmera. She is also asked not to intervene in the difficult birth, and by her inaction, to cause death. Alanna must decide if even her freedom is worth the horror of allowing a woman to die in her most vulnerable moment.
I decided to read Monster Midwife because the title and cover caught my eye. I was incredibly impressed with what I found inside the pages of this novel though. This is a unique fantasy that surprised me!
The idea of this book is really intriguing. Monsters giving birth, a Monster midwife…something I never would have thought of. And it was written in such a compelling way that I had trouble setting the book down.
I really love the world building and the characters. The themes are very prominent, and the writing is excellent. I’d definitely read more from this author.
Thank you to Love Books Group for the review copy and opportunity to review on the tour. All opinions are my own.
Lumen Reese is an author of diverse fantasy, sci-fi and speculative fiction from West Michigan. Her other books include ‘Trial of the Lovebird Butcher’ and ‘Claire Got Herself in Trouble’.
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