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Sharman Apt Russell tells an incredibly entertaining story with her novel, Teresa of the New World. The inclusion of the Spanish Conquistadors and the native tribes, many would have come in contact with when their journeys did not go as planed, is explained in a clever and intriguing manner. The characters are extremely well developed and the fantasy aspect of the novel turns this story into an epic journey.
The main protagonist is shown to be very clever and to have a strong connection with the natural world. It is this connection that allows for Russell to tell a very complex story without it becoming too wordy or distracting.
I personally fell in love with the main protagonist and the strength she continued to show after each trial and tribulation she faced. Her progression from young child to grown woman is an amazing story that is told with a fantastical twist. The biggest twist being the story's main antagonist. I will leave this spoiler a secret and encourage everyone to read this novel, as it is quite a clever way of depicting the journey of our characters and the hardships they endure.