It has been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadriums king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought the gem home are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity do not come easily. Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn't meant for heroism this early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she has earned, her reputation does not pay her bills. With time running out, Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar, pick pocket, thief, she lived hand to mouth on the city streets until fortune--or fate--pulled her into Kalanthe's orbit. And now she's quite reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her recognizable, which makes her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't m...
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The Afterward Reviews
This was a great fantasy-romance story. I'll process me thoughts and write a review soon.
I loved the concept for this story, of female knights and a thief going on a difficult and successful quest together, then having to continue with their lives after. I loved each of the women and their friendship. I even enjoyed much of the writing, even with some of the editing problems (occasional missing words and incorrect tense use), the way the past is 3rd person and the present is 1st person with 2 PoVs. But this book didn't end up as a 5 star read for me; not sure what was a little off f ...more
Told over two timelines: Before and After.
Before tells of a quest to save the king whilst After shows us what happens to heroes when they return to normal life.
Interestingly it’s written in present-tense first person and past-tense third.
I always enjoy E.K. Johnston's books. Each one is completely different, in terms of both story and subgenre, but the thing that remains consistent is that the emotional lives of the characters are at the forefront of the story.
While The Afterward is nominally fantasy, the fantasy action is really just the underlayer for the real story, which is about the emotional states of the characters including a f/f romance as a significant focal point. The story goes back and forth in time, so we see the e ...more
The Afterward is a story of what happens after the epilogue, but The Afterward relies heavily on the before to contextualize the present resulting in a dual narrative that feels clunky and calls into question of the purpose of the dual narrative.
so basically what the hp epilogue should have been only w knights & thieves,,,
Did someone say knights
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek
**** Huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to participate in the blog tour! ****
This was my first time experiencing the writing of E.K. Johnston and I have to say the hype is worth it! I had a ton of fun reading “The Afterward” and was even a bit surprised by how much I enjoyed it since it focuses on romance but also weaved in plenty of action and adventure.