Book Review: The Chestnut Soldier

The Chestnut Soldier
The Chestnut Soldier by Jenny Nimmo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was completely entranced by every word in this book, and read it all in one sitting!
This last book in the trilogy is told from the perspectives of both Gwyn and Nia, the story weaving around them like a mystical dance. Nia’s long-lost uncle, Evan, is a soldier recovering from being wounded, and he comes to visit her family. But it soon becomes evident that Evan is being used as a pawn in magical warfare, and Gwyn must find a way to convince Nia that something is wrong with her uncle, and get her help in saving Evan from the evil within.

This story is deliciously haunting, unearthly and weird in the magic of myth and legend that comes to life. Every scene is dripping with suspense and hidden meanings, but there’s also humor and brightness that stands out against the dark themes. The writing is absolutely genius!

I didn’t think the characters of Nia and Gwyn had much more development to go through. They had already grown so much in the first two books, but wow! I was amazed by the struggles and changes in both of them through this book.
Gwyn is tired of his magic being a burden and a secret that haunts him, and he has to come to grips with that and learn to accept his power.
Nia is struggling to find her place within her family and outside the family. She’s growing up and learning how to react within the world. I’m a very character-centered reader, so seeing those two beloved characters developing even further was wonderful.

I would definitely recommend reading this trilogy all in one go, or at least within a few days of each other. It works best as a unified story, although each book stands on its own as well and the stories are told years apart.
I adore this entire trilogy!

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