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- Print Length: 392 pages
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- Publisher: Fountain Blue Publishing (March 30, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XY6DRRC
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The story concept is intriguing and relatively unique (to me). I don't read fantasy often, generally avoiding books that employ supernatural "powers" controlled by the characters. At 70 years of age, I have yet to encounter someone endowed with such powers, and I don't expect to in this life. However, these phenomena seem to be downplayed in The Book of Rhino, and there are no mythological creatures (another annoyance in the fantasy genre). Hart has confined herself to minimal fantasy elements. The work feels like an apologist's perspective on Druidic or Wiccan culture in ancient England, following an alternative history that is partially conjoined with some Arthurian time-period material. Character names combine Anglo-Saxon and Middle English forms. Places, while they have actual English place-names, seem overly idyllic but are not described in great detail. The focus is not geology. Christian (Catholic) clergy members are actively trying to woo "pagan" villagers into their fold, with perhaps more recognized official authority than the pagans seem to have, but the entire society is organized by a pagan structure implemented long before the time of the story.
The eponymous character, Rhino, has not been a prominent feature of the first half of the book, but is being groomed in the background to become King of the country. Occasionally, he moves into the foreground of the story. His general absence from so much of the first half of the book, while a countryside of other characters is being introduced, leads me to believe that this is the first book in a planned series. His name interests me. It is etymologically incongruous in the midst of all the Anglo-Saxon and Middle English names, suggesting that this character is special in ways yet to be revealed. A conventionally gifted character, so far, in terms of precocity, strength of will, personal traits, etc., Rhino has had few opportunities to show himself admirable. At the beginning of the story, he is overly ambitious and vain. When he enters his training period, he adopts a wiser, more diplomatic persona as an expediency. He seems to be "not of this world," or at least Machiavellian. Consider that, after all, "rhinoceros" is the Greek equivalent of the Latin "unicorn." Perhaps the character "Rhino" is another real-world embodiment of a mythological idea. Perhaps the remainder of the book will reveal this! Other characters (and there are many) are being developed well through interaction and some direct character-building.
The Kindle edition could use some more effective proofing. This is a common flaw in Kindle editions, and is not unheard of in print editions. But the style of writing is generally strong, thoughtful, and contains ample literary allusions to indicate the author's creds as a reader of noteworthy literature. The intended audience appears to be young adult and teen readers, for many of whom the literary allusions will be lost. The story, however, will hold their attention--if they can keep track of the many characters who populate this alternative medieval English landscape.
Ms Hart impressed me with the fictional story that she was able to spin from her research of this time period.
Very enjoyable. :-)
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