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The New York Times Book ReviewIn Kelly Barnhill's first fantasy novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, she surprised the jaded reader of fairy-tale retellings. With Iron Hearted Violet, she scores again. Here, too, Barnhill inverts common fairy-tale notions: there's a princess who is not beautiful, a dragon more fearful than fearsome and gods who do not tower but are humble in size. The tale's castle, which lives through magic, is the most inventive rendition of architecture since J. K. Rowling conjured Hogwarts; its living, breathing stones conceal the heart of a god.
—Lisa Von Drasek