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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
To the people of Smailholm, Wynn is the nice giantess who comes to visit their tiny village, but in reality, the inhabitants are the product of a curse that shrank the people long ago. As far as Wynn knows, she’s the only person who is aware of the small town. All that changes when her older sister is betrothed to their cousin, and she finds out that she and her sisters are to be sent away from the tower to become ladies in waiting to the current queen. Upset about leaving the home she was raised in and abandoning the tiny village, Wynn returns, only to find out that the people of Smailholm were discovered by another with bad intentions. Given the gift of quince seeds from the mysterious moon people, Wynn is shrunk down to their size in order to help her friend Jimmy, his sister Jenny and Laird Falmouth find Rubers Law to locate Wynn’s grandmother so she can reverse the curse and save the village.
Smailholm is an excellent fairy tale that was told perfectly by C.L. Williams. Setting it apart from other fiction books, I like the plot of how Wynn is a giant to the people of Smailholm, but she was considered a normal girl while the cursed people of the village were the anomaly of the story. The characters were well-thought-out and written. I really enjoyed Wynn and Jimmy’s friendship dynamic. I also loved that in between each chapter there was an entry that came from Wynn’s grandmother Deablin, which had a fairy tale feel of its own. Overall, I found Smailholm a very enjoyable read and definitely a book I would recommend to friends. I also am eager to read more of C.L. Williams's work.