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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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As for the story. It starts with Calem, an escaping Druid, who has put himself into great trouble and has performed powerful magic in order to save his wife from a horrible curse. Of course, in the magical bargain he has made, he is not the most powerful actor; so, once he has closed his part of the deal, things start to go in a completely different direction to what he was expecting. In the unknown present he is thrown into, he is desperately searching for his wife, while the reader is introduced to the vicissitudes of Marny and Deliah, two old grandparents trying to keep an adolescent niece out of trouble, and trouble has an ominous shape. All may end where it all began, but it isn't as easy as that.
This is not such an easy book to read as many entertainment books are. It is written in a very good and rich language, and it is structured in such a way that demands attention, also because it shifts regularly between verbal speech and thought, dream and reality. I have appreciated this very much. What I would have liked to understand better is the relationship between Calem the Druid and his wife; this would have made some of the following behaviours clearer. My favourite chapter is N.15, where the pace slows down, leaving space for reflection, poetry and melancholy, before entering chaos again and finding each their own fate. There are two characters I have loved the most in the book: one is Deliah, so mysterious, full of poetry and wisdom, the other is Oberon. I think he is the true masterpiece of the story, everything about him is just perfect: the cunning, the teasing, the foolishness, wonder and tenderness, he has it all. And the way the author uses his words to make him speak and act, he being the one that designs the web shaping all the other characters’ destiny, is plainly marvelous. I would also like to mention the lovely part of the small orange cat that accompanies Calem first and then Niena. I love cats, and their presence, their elegance and way of moving, always carries something mysterious and magical, it is a beautiful cameo in this story. If I were to assign a background music to this book, the first song I would think of is Hollow Hills by Bauhaus .Lovers of magical fantasy cannot miss a fairy tale like this.
A tale set in the magical land of the druid (Calem), dragon slayer (Niena), and the General grandfather (Marny), modified and manipulated by the fae (Oberon).
The story goes thus, hear me well and hear me loud.
It is convoluted and winded when read, but oh so easy, when said aloud…
Calem wants to protect his wife from the curse, so strikes a bargain with Oberon, but it crumbles and he finds himself in the strange land. Niena who wants to be a bard, is held in Fairhome by Oberon to protect her from the dragon, but running away, she finds herself in the land of the sleeping-now-awake dragon, and the grandfather Marny who wants to protect everyone from the dragon and kill it, is leading his band of warriors to the same land.
And a secret unfolds and a battle ensues, those who reach the end have their fates unfurled.
Lonely is the path the last of their kind is on, but the first is hidden in the air unseen.
The lattice on which the story is built is extremely wondrous, the vines which curl around it as the chords of the characters grow into the saga that is part lyrical, part illusion, and part redemption.
A fabric of time is cleaved in an attempt to make things right, the future and the past both merge to defeat a common foe and lift the curse.
The future is fluid so the past undulating, Oberon as the Controller sees both the paths. He chooses the one which helps the blood of his own, but the magic has tears which leads to faults in the crevices.
All cannot be controlled, all cannot be changed.
Some have to follow the path destined.
A book where the words do not flow but the wisps of the tale emanate from the pages, like the mists, twirling and swirling, joining together, dancing to tell the tale which Reeves has written. The fog which envelopes the book together is dense at times, but allows the lore to seep through. The writing though difficult and different at time, allows the parable to jump across.
A piped piper never was seen, as Reeves who plays the flute unseen
Deep into the forest, deep in the land, the sleeping dragon soon arisen
The music of the mists were like tiny creatures that hopped and jumped, asking me to follow them deep into the hidden, and I couldn’t help but join the folklore.
An easier a language, this book would have been fabulous for the teenagers too… But patience is needed to understand the prose and tread between them to visualise the world created by the author Stephen Reeves. The path is rocky, the winds are choppy, the lines have to be navigated slowly, solving the puzzle as one goes…
A different a book never has been, nary a fairy tale ever been seen,
The story which ends is the beginning too, the girl with family ends being lonely too
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Beware, this is fantasy. In the pages that follow, you will see the regular cast of characters. Fairy? Check. Dragon? Check. Army hoards? Check.Read more