Review: Spear by Nicola Griffith

Author: Nicola Griffith
Released: April 19, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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If you love Arthurian retellings (especially those with an LGBT twist), you’ve got to check out Spear by Nicola Griffith.

She grew up in a cave – in the wild. Yet her whole life, she knew she was destined for the court. Destined, but perhaps not desired. Yet she can’t resist the temptation to test herself and see the limitations of her powers, so off on this adventure, she goes.

Naturally, much of what is about to follow feels familiar. Knights, battles, stolen and broken hearts. But several twists make this tale quite different from what one might expect. It is her story to tell, after all.

Okay, Arthurian fans should take note – Spear is a different take on this world. So if you’re craving another retelling, please make a point of picking it up! Best of all, Spear is very LGBT+, which is so refreshing it isn’t even funny.

I’ll confess that I have been getting a little tired of Arthurian retelling lately (there are just SO MANY of them). So when I say that I enjoyed Spear, I want you to understand the full weight of that statement. I enjoyed Spear, despite not knowing how I would feel about it when I first picked it up.

Okay, the fact that our leading lady wants to become a knight and break hearts is amazing, so I probably would have fallen in love with it regardless. I’m pretty sure there’s a rule about that somewhere.

I will cut this review a bit short because I feel like anything else I say will run into spoiler territory. So I’ll leave it at this: check out Spear if you’re looking for a novella with fierce characters and unique takes.

Thanks to and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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