Tin by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
** I received an eARC of this copy by the authors for reviewing purposes **
Available December 9, 2020
“Tin is the most famous fae in Oz for all the wrong reasons. Cursed with a stone heart, he is the perfect assassin: ruthless, efficient, and merciless with thousands of kills to his name. When his old friend, Lion, offers him a small fortune to deliver Dorothy to the South for his lover to wear the girl’s head as her own, Tin doesn’t hesitate to accept the unsavory deal.
Dorothy Gale lost everything—her family to illness, her dog to age, and now her farm to foreclosure. The entire town thought she was crazy for believing in a faerie world called Oz, but even after ten years have passed, she can’t help knowing she was right. So when an emerald green portal opens in her wheat field, she jumps at the opportunity to return to the only place she ever felt like she belonged.
Tin wasn’t expecting a grown woman to step through the portal, just as Dorothy wasn’t expecting Tin to have his stone heart back, but Oz holds more unexpected things than either could have imagined. Magic has hidden dangerous lies behind glamour, trapped innocents in curses, and left the land of Oz in turmoil—none more so than the South. As Tin and Dorothy travel together for the second time in a decade, their lives begin to make sense again. Soon, they must decide who to give their loyalties to before Lion takes Dorothy’s head and Tin’s cursed heart is forever doomed.”
If you like:
- The Wizard of Oz/Wicked
- NA Fantasy Romance
- Twists on a Classic
Then this is the book for you!
Look, I’m a sucker for a good retelling and anything that has to do with Wicked after I saw the musical in New York a couple of years ago with my senior class, so of course I had to read Tin because of the whole connection between The Wizard of Oz and Wicked.
Tin takes place about 10 years after Dorothy visits Oz and all of the events that happened in the classic story. Dorothy is now a young woman in her early twenties doing everything she can to save what’s left of her aunt and uncle’s farm since their passing, but all of the farm’s value has dwindled away from having to sell animals and those who worked on the farm left leaving just Dorothy to run it. Once she gets the news of the property and land being auctioned off, she wishes for nothing more than to return to the land that everyone calls her crazy for even thinking it’s real, and later that same day, her dreams come true. But everything has changed.
The land of Oz is nothing like Dorothy remember when she steps into the other side right into the arms of Tin. Not only are things different from looking through the eyes of an adult, but Oz itself has changed. Some places have survived the year better than other, but everything is still in disarray with Glinda gone off the radar and Oz gone. Even the yellow brick road that once led Dorothy back home is faded and broken. Plus, the darkness of the night now harbors more monsters and demons than before.
Dorothy wasn’t the only person who changed over the past decade by giving herself to saving the farm on her own with no remaining family. After Tin got his heart back before Dorothy returned back to Kansas when she was a young girl, it slowly started to reharden back to stone making him void of all emotions again. He even made the reputation for him self of being the best hunter/assassin in the land making him a feared person.
Not only was Tin the only one whose wish granted by Oz backfired into something less than expected. The Lion has been up to his own thing that plays a huge part in this story, and Crow disappeared without a goodbye after Dorothy went home.
I just don’t know how much I can say without giving away to much, but let’s just say that Tin had alternative reasons from bring Dorothy back to the land that she yearned to see again (just think about what I said earlier).
Through the journey for said thing that I can’t really elaborate on, Dorothy discovers some of the things that has happened since she left. She finds out that old friends have changed much like she, and somehow finds herself once again trying to save the land of Oz. Over time her relationship with Tin evolves into something that neither of them really wants to acknowledge until their lives are put on the line and some of is kidnapped (naturally it takes something like that for a couple to realize their feelings).
Tin is the perfect book to read for those how are looking for a fun fast paced book on a well know story with a completely fresh and reimagined way that makes it uniquely it own. I read this book in about 5 hours when I should have definitely been working on school stuff and couldn’t put it down once I got passed the first couple of pages. I was instantly sucked into this story that shows Dorothy in this new light and gives Tin, Lion, and Crow their own personality and backstory that was another element that adds an unexpected depth. There are so many twist and turns (and I’m not talking about the road) and THE SECRETES. Y’all won’t believe some of the stuff that Dorothy learns.
I highly recommend this book for those who enjoys The Wizard of Oz/Wicked stories or even if your just looking for a quick, adventures book with some steamy scenes that will have you wishing that you could travel to Oz yourself!
Happy reading until next time,