So. This book.
It’s sort of an alternative fairy tale . . . ish. More Brothers Grimm than Disney.
It’s dark and violent. Kids are tortured and unfairly punished and people are straight-up murdered.
It’s light and funny. It pokes unmerciful fun at fairy tale tropes while at the same time embracing them, often to hilarious effect.
It’s got powerful messages about friendship, love, loyalty, and self-worth, but it doesn’t seem to take them all that seriously and doesn’t mind contradicting them on occasion.
In short, I’m not entirely sure what I just read, but gosh! it was fun, and I’m diving straight into the sequel.