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Woodcutter Sisters #2 | Book Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

Hero by Alethea Kontis is not your typical sequel or fairytale retelling!

Book Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

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Title & Author:Hero (The Woodcutter Sisters) by Alethea Kontis

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Fairytales

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Series: Woodcutter Sisters #2

Publisher: Harcourt

How I Got the Book: Bought


“Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?” As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.”

Role Reversal

Hero was what I was hoping for and a little underwhelming at the same time. This is the sequel to Enchanted and focuses on Saturday, the ax-wielding “normal” sister.

For me, Hero started off pretty slow. It could have been that I was in the mood for a faster-paced story, but I really had to push through to get to some action in the story.

Even though I was frustrated at the pace, I still appreciated Kontis’ storytelling. Saturday accidentally creates an ocean in her backyard on which she sails off to find adventure and make sure her family’s safe. Of course, nothing goes as planned and she ends up facing down a witch. You know, the usual.

The first thing I noticed is that in Hero there weren’t as many fairytales woven in as Enchanted. As in the first book, there were subtle references to classic stories like Rapunzel, but it was much less apparent this time around. I personally wish there had been more of that in this sequel.

A huge part of Hero plays on role reversal. Saturday is definitely not your typical girly-girl. She’s strong and well-muscled and wants to make her own way in the world.

Kontis really GOES THERE when it comes to this theme. It kinda weirded me out at first, but I came to appreciate her dedication to showing a different side to fantasy stories and I especially loved seeing a brutally strong heroine in the lead.

Although in my mind, Hero didn’t live up to Enchanted, I still enjoyed the story and the series as a whole. This is one well-crafted world, and one I want to live in a bit longer.

I will definitely be checking out the newly-published Dearest as well!


Hero had a slow start that didn’t pick up till about halfway through the book. I think super fans of Enchanted will feel like it’s worth it, but other readers might find that to be too much of a turn-off. I did appreciate the interesting role reversals in the book and Saturday’s spunk and humor. Despite the personal problems I had with the story, I would still heartily recommend Hero to fans of the Woodcutter Sisters series and to fairytale lovers.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beth

    I also felt the slowness of Hero- but while Dearest still doesn’t have as many fairytale references as Enchanted (nor should it- Enchanted had a lot of opportunity for that with world-building, and trying to do that in any subsequent books would feel forced I thin), it was by far my favorite, and a stronger story than Hero (and for me, also stronger than Enchanted).