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  • Lynette Mejia

Hear Me Out: Son of a Trickster

I love mythology, and I love stories from mythology, and I *love* stories from mythologies that are new to me. Robinson's Trickster series, which I found via the cancelled Netflix series, is a fun, dark, and, at times, hilarious introduction into Haisla/Heiltsuk traditional stories, and I loved every minute of it.

It's full of magic and teenage angst and vulnerability and the joys and fears of falling in love and the the joys and fears of being a parent and....I just loved everything about these characters and this story.

I thought the opening quote perfectly encapsulated the feel of the novel:

Some of Coyote's stories have got Coyote tails and some of Coyote's stories are covered with scraggy Coyote fur but all of Coyote's stories are bent.

-Thomas King, A Coyote Columbus Story

My only complaint is with the editing(?) at the end, when it seemed the book had been ended rather quickly, plotlines cut off prematurely, and characters seem to abruptly disappear. Since I haven't read the other books in the series yet, I don't know if this was in service of the larger series plot or not, but in places it felt unnatural and a bit stilted.

Otherwise, though, it was an absolute joy to read, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!

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