Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Practically perfect. Preserves a fairy-tale feel while subverting fairy tale tropes; I can easily see why it was nominated for a Hugo this year.
Three things I learned about writing:
- First person with naive narrator learning about the world still a great way to introduce that world to the reader
- Can show evil influence on thoughts by transitioning those thoughts from normal to wicked slowly, taking the reader along with you
- Short descriptions can (and should) be opinionated descriptions