Sunday, November 22, 2015

Halton Cray:The Shadows of the World, Book One

I've just finished reading "Halton Cray" for the second time, and I still love this story! I didn't want to put it down. I loved it most because, while it shared elements with 'Jane Eyre,' it wasn't just a modern version of it. It is it's own story and full of surprises! I also loved the development of the relationship between the characters. Their banter with each other is exquisite. This is a perfect rainy-day novel, but it is more than that, too. Scenes from this book will stay with me, independent of the way 'Jane Eyre' has influenced it (though I did love those echoes when I noted them!). I am so looking forward to reading the sequel. Thank you, N. B. Roberts, for deciding to continue Thom and Alex's story.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

The Cobweb Bride is a mysteriously strange but fascinating cross between The Masque of the Red Death, Cinderella, and  a Tolkien-esque quest.

Death, or the lack of it, prompts a number of stories--two royal houses (one plagued by revenge) and two warring dukedoms, a peasant household full of pettiness and broken dreams . . . sometimes with amazing surprises, and often with the stark straightforward narrative of a novel from Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy.
This is a macabre fairytale that haunts the reader, and in the end of the first book of this trilogy, the writer leaves you with a sense of endless possibility.