Reviewed by Andrea Marx-Joseph
A clever and imaginative fantasy that explores the secret lives of oppressed dwarves
Dwarf Rosetta Presents a reality where dwarves are slaves to monsters, working in vegetable fields in terrible conditions. In this world, magic is complex, beautiful and must not interfere with the social structure. There is a terrible and contagious disease called stone disease in which dwarfs, usually invisible by humans, gradually turn to stone and shrink down, becoming visible to humans.
The story opens with Will, a recently orphaned dwarf, escaping the traumatic events of the previous book, Harvest Dwarfs. He was forced to flee his home along with a companion of a rabbit who helped save his life. The deep discriminatory belief held about rabbits in this society will feel familiar to readers of isolated identities. It is fascinating to see these familiar party and toxic ideologies taking place in the author’s imaginary world.
In addition to indoctrination and discrimination, the novel explores the profound impact that loss and separation has on generations of families after rebellion. Will encounters a mysterious but welcoming group that invites him to join them, as long as he keeps the rabbit outside. Through this team, we learn about the solidarity of dwarf workers and whisper about plans to release those who are still enslaved. The rogue dwarves embark on mysterious liberation journeys, risking imprisonment, enslavement and killing.
This inappropriate team includes a cat who talks and thinks exclusively in terms of military strategy, a young dwarf who mixes a perfume potion, an older man who struggles with addiction, and an agoraphobic dwarf who keeps everyone well. As the story alternates between their perspectives, we experience the loneliness and longing in each of them – a family they can trust, a safe home, and truly understand the enemy facing them. Each of the unfit is haunted by their past, containing their own secrets and plans that contradict that of the crews. Everyone mourns quietly for things they lost in their escape from labs, but never speak it out loud.
Dwarf RosettaThe construction of this world is presented gradually and gently, with striking resemblance. The author has created systems of beliefs and idiomatic formulations that relate to the natural world in which these dwarfs live. The characters live with bad signs and mythology rooted in terrorism; They are driven by the necessity for safety in numbers. Within the endless circles of conflict between them, there are kidnappings, prophecies and hallucinations. When a catastrophic fire occurs, we watch the Dwarfs Council’s legal process at work, and the group confronts the reality of the death penalty.
In the novel, planting vegetables outside of enslaved work is illegal, Will misses his personal vegetable garden badly. He works with his new friends to plant flowers, but it’s not the same. This longing for gardening is conveyed by the author throughout the book in poetic, lyrical descriptions of flowering and flowering plants.
The book focuses mainly on the nuances of relationships between dwarfs living under oppression. There are some discouraging and condescending remarks about the young characters of the novel and the young characters, but these uncomfortable moments serve as points of relevant confrontation between the men, reflecting the dwarf society as patriarchal and with problems.
Dwarf Rosetta Will appeal to readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic family stories, where suspicion dominates relationships and loyalty must live alongside despair. The ending leaves room for a dark and twisted sequel and a new character who will influence the fate of the dwarves.
genre: Fantasy / Mythology and Legends
Print length: 417 pages
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