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The Worth of Hair

(The Midwife Fables)

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The Midwife is summoned to a decaying seaside kingdom to assist with a royal birth. Upon arrival she finds herself trapped in a strange, dying land. The kitschy trappings of the Prince’s fan club are everywhere, but one of the adoring fans conceals a darker secret. Death hangs heavy in the air, wielding a twisted blade forged of tears of the broken hearted, threatening the ...more
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Published October 21st 2020
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Laura
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She was 'The Midwife. Nothing more. Nothing less.'

And so it may seem to all those who don't really know her.

The Midwife is summoned to a decaying seaside kingdom to assist with a royal birth. An when the request is made by the Prince himself, it ISN'T a high honor.

'The Midwife knew it, the Prince knew it and she was almost certain the horses pulling the carriage knew it, but all here were aware that polite society requires a level of pretend in order to function.'

And yet, the Midwife dec
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Jennie Ivins
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tales
The Midwife is now one of my favorite characters. She is a no nonsense middle-aged woman with a sharp tongue and a warm heart. But there is more to her than it seems. While she tries to uncover the mystery of the cursed kingdom and save as many lives as she can, she is also hiding her own secrets. And for a humble midwife, she sure does know a lot about ancient curses and magical beings. I can't wait to see what trouble she gets into (and out of) in book two!

As for the book itself, it's awesome.
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Pokeslash109
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading A.A.Freeman’s first book, The Midwife and the Lindworm, I was excited to see the next of the Midwife’s adventures. She’s a snarky, no-nonsense woman with a tough exterior, which makes for a humorous and entertaining narrative. I think she fits well into the fantastical setting of Freeman’s world-

Where other characters are a bit silly, or have established their place in the world, the Midwife isn’t sat
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A.M. Justice
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic (and fantastical) story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and featuring a wise and wise-cracking healer known as The Midwife. Full review to come.
Tina Power Traverse
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Worth of Hair is a wonderful delightful twist on the beloved fairytale, The little mermaid. Now, don’t go rolling your peepers toward the heavens and sigh proclaiming “Oh no! Not another retelling of a Disney classic! Yawn! Well, roll those eyes back into your head and focus on A. A. Freeman’s tale of a gifted midwife who has been summoned to assist in the birth of a princess. Except this birth doesn’t go as smoothly as expected. There is mystery, intrigue, nefarious villains and a midwife w ...more
Robert Freeman
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic fantasy story, taking place in a land of classic fairy tales and fables, with a writing style reminiscent of Terry Pratchett, in a very good way.

The story leaves me very eager to read the next part in the series!
E.M. Hamill
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I jumped at the chance to read this little short story on word of mouth and snapped up an ARC in return for an unbiased review. I was so delighted with this tale!

Based loosely on The Little Mermaid, it is told from the point of view of a middle-aged woman who goes only by "The Midwife" (but has a much more colorful past than being a simple doula). The story is by turns hilarious and thrilling. I loved the fact our heroine is world-weary, unimpressed by royalty, and more worried about when lunch
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Meg
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 🌟 rounded up

This novella is told from an unknown narrator's POV. Names hold a power, so the MCs are simply called by their profession or status. This story appears to be a slight take on the fairy tale The Little Mermaid, with a magical guide seeking the components of a an ancient and long forgotten prophecy. There is a conflict, but the MC seems to have knowledge beyond normal human resources. Overall, this is a beginning to a series of what may be different fairy tales, or different advent
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A.A. Freeman is an author, crafter, and all-around geek that lives in the foothills of North Carolina and spends her days writing fantasy and science fiction with a hint of romance. When not writing she knits, cross stitches, plays video games and works on perfecting her dried rose petal shortbread cookie recipe. She's probably not a robot. Beep boop.

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