Jack Farris doesn’t want to save the world, just every person he knows, encounters, or hears of.
It’s a bit of an issue.
S. Grey doesn’t want to save anyone but himself. He wants to know everything and majoring in sagework at the Academy is the best way to do that.
Laney Jones left her home to avoid the constraints there, only to find different barriers holding her back at the Academy. Eager to learn, to excel, to escape, she has far from given up.
Rupert Willington Jons Hammerfeld the Seventh would just like everything to be orderly, thank you very much, but it seems the only way to make monsters and myths (and malicious but mundane men) stop rampaging through his world is to go out and do some hero-ing himself.
They are put together as an unwilling study group, but they become something more.
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9 thoughts on “Beanstalk”
Thank you. Thank you for giving me Grey, and Jack, and Laney, and Rupert, and Red, and Leaf, and Sez and Sally-Anne too. Thank you for making me excited to read again. Thank you for giving me a story to get lost in. Thank you for getting me to stay up until 2 A.M. because I kept telling myself “just one more chapter” until I couldn’t stay awake any longer. Thank you for so much more than I can begin to try and explain. Thank you. Thank you.
This was, genuinely, such a wonderful, wonderful novel. It’s rare that I manage to read something that manages to have both an incredible and moving writing style, and lovable characters that I connected to. I loved them all, from their unique and diverse personalities to their individual ticks. It felt real.
Anyway, I’m sorry that I can’t be more eloquent for this, but I just felt that I had to say something about this incredible, amazing piece of writing. I’m sorry for rambling!
I loved this book so much I haven’t been able to pick up another book yet. It feels like ages since I’ve read a book with such well rounded characters and tangible friendships. Thank you so much for making Beanstalk a free ebook. Once I have a bit of money I’m going to buy the physical copies of all the League and Legend books for sure. 🙂
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Wow! This is so so so good! I’m so excited to start reading your other work. I wish I was more eloquent so I could sufficiently compliment you, but I hope my rambling will suffice!
The relationships developed so organically and were just fantastic! I loved the role Rupert played, and even though I loved all of them, he was probably my favorite. I also really enjoyed the hints you dropped throughout the book about each of their secrets before they were revealed, and how dynamic all of the characters were. I think it’s very hard to take characters who have been essentially boxed up into really specific categories and show how they fit into an archetype while also making them so much more dynamic and interesting than the label assigned them; you did such a good job with that monumental task. Honestly, I’m just blown away!
Thank you so much for writing this! I love it and I can’t think of words to describe it, asides from AWESOME!!! Ack it’s so good my friends aren’t going to like you very much cuase I’m not going to shut up about it for weeks! Thank you so much for writing this!!!!!
All I can say is, wow!!! This was incredible. I haven’t read a fantasy story this good in ages. All the characters were so incredible and compelling. Thank you!!
May I add to the praise here? I picked up a copy of “Beanstalk” at a thrift store because I have a mild interest in the re-told fairy tale genre – but this was not at all what I was expecting, in the best possible way. It was beautifully written, subtle, and dramatic without melodrama (the last is particularly rare in my experience of YA fantasy.) And I especially appreciated the humaneness of it – thank you for the obituaries, for giving names and stories to the people who are, at best, symbolic collateral damage in most other books. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
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