A Tale of Generosity

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
110 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2020
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Author Biography

Isabella Berdyna Zysk is a self-published author who enjoys a story in which good guys win in the end even if there's a struggle along the way which all don't survive. She's a storyteller at heart and keeps the narrative suitable for both adult and young adult readers. She loves a medieval-like setting in fantasy worlds where knightly chivalry and noble valor are the goal but with access to better hygiene.

Isabella Berdyna Zysk was born in Michigan, raised in southern California and central Virginia, worked and lived in several states and foreign countries, and now resides in Florida where she enjoys her retirement years.

Her interests include the writings of Aleksandra Layland, Ronnda Eileen Henry, Jane Austen and Shakespeare, history, horses, dogs, trees, sustainable farming, and a variety of arts and crafts.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Risah Salazar for Readers' Favorite

In a medieval world where women are only expected to be pretty, get married, and give birth to heirs to the throne, Adalindis begs to differ. Thanks to her supportive and loving father, Lord Morris, she grew up to be a fighter in every sense of the word. She knows how to wield her weapons and always goes the extra mile to help others in need. Upon meeting Captain Kenric, however, her name is unintentionally tainted. With all the grit Adalindis possesses, the captain is easily fooled into thinking that she is not worthy to be called a noblewoman. But fate brings them together and this ugly misunderstanding blossoms into something beautiful.

Isabella Berdyna Zysk's Adalindis: A Tale of Generosity is a touching feminist romance. The majority is told in alternating points of view between Kenric and Lindy in the first person; then there are parts that are told in the third person. Since there are clear page breaks, these shifts are not that bothersome. With the engaging imagery, the world-building is done well and the language and tone set the mood right. Given that this is a novella, readers already know that it will be short but the story's pacing does the trick. It doesn't feel like it's a fast read because the plot carefully unfolds scene after scene. This story has the power to elicit intrigue in a few pages. Aside from several changes in scenarios that are a little confusing, this book is magnificent. This sweet and slow-burn medieval romance is not perfect but it is substantial enough to inspire.