After reading Enclave, I often wondered about Stone and Thimble. What happened after Deuce and Fade left? Did Stone and Thimble believe what they had been told, and had they really turned their backs on Deuce? Most importantly, was there any way they could survive without Deuce’s huntress skills and the protection she offered? And what about the hint of an attraction between the two? I love that this novella answers those very questions.
I’m so happy Ann Aguirre wrote this poignant short story. I had high hopes for these two characters, and while I could never be disappointed in the perfection that is Enclave, I found myself wishing for any kind of news about what might be going on with Stone and Thimble, but I understand that any new information pertaining to these characters wouldn’t fit into the direction Enclave was taking.
Endurance was a perfect way to give us a glimpse into what happened in the days following Deuce’s departure. What transpires with Stone, Thimble, and Boy23 is exciting and, at times, so endearing:
“Sometimes, when the Wordkeeper was in a good mood,
he read stories to the brats from the archives.
There had been one book about magic, where brats could do magic,
and they went to a special school to learn how.
Maybe it hadn’t been just a made-up thing, like all the brats said.
Maybe magic was real.”
Oh.My.Heart. He is so adorable. The peek into Stone’s thoughts was one of my favorite aspects of Endurance. It was a definite case of “Never judge a book by its cover.”
“'Don’t belittle yourself. I won’t hear of it.'
'Maybe we should accept that we make the perfect team…'”
I don’t want to get carried away and say anything else that could be viewed as spoilery, so I’ll stop here. I think fans of this series will enjoy this novella, especially those who adore these two engaging friends.