Tess of the Road
by Rachel Hartman
Review by Gayle Surrette
Random House Books for Young Readers Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781101931288
Date: 27 February 2018 List Price $18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is ... different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she's done is so disgraceful, she can't even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess's family decide the only path for her is a nunnery.
But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She's not running away, she's running towards something. What that something is, she doesn't know. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else--a life where she might belong.
Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in Seraphina, Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.
(Source: Random House Books for Young Readers)