*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fantasy, romance, LGBTQ
The Shewstone by Jane Fletcher is a fantasy novel that follows Matt, the adopted daughter of a crime lord, and Eawynn, whose father gave her to the temple of Anberith. When a stranger strikes a deal with Matt’s father, Matt takes on the task of stealing a valuable temple artifact, known as the Shewstone. Gaining entrance to the all-female temple is a breeze, but in order to gain entrance to the locked temple guarding the Shewstone, Matt must cleverly flirt with Eawynn without losing her heart in the game. But the theft of the Shewstone has farther-reaching consequences than Matt could have imagined. Now Matt and Eawynn must undertake a voyage and work together to stop a plot that could have disastrous results for their people.
Jane Fletcher, author of Lyremouth Chronicles, has written another engrossing story in The Shewstone. The plot is engaging and the world Fletcher created is realistic with a hint of the magical. The writing isn’t bogged down with details; there are just enough to give the reader an understanding of the world. The characters, however, make the story. Matt is cunning, shrewd, and full of confidence, which serves her well as a thief. Eawynn is intelligent and innocent with strict ideas of right and wrong. Although the focus of the story is the action, the romance adds a nice subplot and there are some intense love scenes. Another thing I loved was the names of the Sisters. They had me chuckling. The Shewstone is a great fantasy read, and I highly recommend reading it.