The Five Turns of the Wheel Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08LBX3275
- Publication date : October 27, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5266 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #531,390 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Not this one. With The Five Turns of the Wheel, Stephanie Ellis drops us into a living nightmare, dreamy because of the strange nature of the antagonists but terrifying as we recognize our own world and its inhabitants trapped in the center. Buckle in, this ride is a doozy!
Everything you need to know about the story occurs in a poem at the beginning, a chilling piece that immediately sets off warning bells. For myself, as a huge fan of folk horror, it immediately reeled me in. We find ourselves in the Weald, a series of villages prepping for an annual ritual, the Five Turns of the Wheel. And the master of ceremonies? Only some of the most riveting yet mysterious characters I've read, Tommy and his brothers, Fiddler and Betty. They breeze into town, eager and ready, hinting at their dark plans which fascinated me, as an eavesdropping reader, but had me looking over my shoulder in case the characters heard me. Seriously, they are vivid!
If I had one tiny complaint, it would be that the Weald's inhabitants paled a bit in comparison, at least at first. Liza definitely becomes a favorite, a woman known as a Wheelborn who has suffered dreadfully at the hands of Tommy and his father/lord, Hweol. She's so conflicted and morally gray, even during her PoV sections one is unsure how she'll ultimately act -- which I love. And some of her sections... wow. She really drives home the full weight of what women often sacrifice for others.
This is the ultimate in folk horror, a bit reminiscent of The Wicker Man but it goes so much deeper and darker. The rituals themselves are brutal, enough that I was biting my nails. And following Tommy through so much of the story...I can't recall the last time an antagonist fascinated me so. I never rooted for them, but damn if I wasn't thoroughly invested in what would happen. If there are other stories set in this universe, sign me up! I'm officially a Stephanie Ellis superfan, and I can't wait to see what else she has in store!
The book begins with a current year news Report from The Weald Herald about a poem that was found in the rubble of the former home of Megan Cooper, Wheelborn in Cropsoe. Don’t skip over this poem, this sets the tone of the story you are about to read as you find out more about the villages of the Weald and the dark history that lays within.
Tommy, Sally and Fiddler have woken from their year of rest and ready to start the yearly autumn ceremony of The Five Turns of the Wheel here in the Weald. It is quickly evident that these individuals are not human but inhuman creatures that only real purpose is the have the ceremony performed without interference in service of the evil demon/entity that holds sway over all of the villages.
In the center of the hub of five villages is Cropsoe and The Five Turns Inn. Tommy is the primary voice for the trio and is the ringleader for the upcoming ceremonies. Much of the history is provided through him and we learn that these ceremonies are not innocent harvest celebrations but reasons for blood sacrifice that they, the three, insist is for the good of the community as it provides the bounty and safety for its villagers. We come to learn no one is allowed in or out of the The Weald without some great consequences as the demonic entity , Hweol that rules them all needs to keep the influence of the outside modern world out of the rustic, isolated villages so these rituals can be continues for him without interference or any resistance from the villagers.
No spoilers. This story is so richly written that you feel you are in the front row seat of the events. The characters are so real that you care about them deeply about their fates. There is a strong female voice here especially with the protagonist Liza who has personally suffered in the ceremony and fears for her daughter Megan for the new turn of the wheel. We find out eventually that she has every reason to worry as the story develops for these two woman who are in the core of the events.
There is some protection for some who have the Wheelborn lineage, this blood line represents that some of the villagers who reside in Cropose have a complex family connection with Hweol through the ages (you will find out why eventually and I won’t spoil that either).
The Five Turns of the Wheel is a collection of pure horror, magic and an introduction into the multi layered micro universe the author has painted for us. Monsters, creatures, terrifying events, the struggle of good and evil within this supernatural world keep you from not being able to turn the pages fast enough but not too quickly you miss even one single word. I could not possibly touch upon everything that is part of this amazing book without writing a novel of a book review myself. You will need to find out more on your own and I promise you the time you spend in the The Weald is time well spent and you will be wanting so much more after the final page is read. Please get a copy as soon as possible. This story is one of my top reads for 2020 and I cannot recommend it more. Enjoy your journey!
Top reviews from other countries
The depiction of the Five Turns Inn and surrounding area is atmospheric and places the reader right in the middle of the action.
Throughout, the supernatural elements are so well done they are believable, and the ritualistic elements are well thought out and explained in depth.
The level of back story and explanation provided as to what is involved during the Five Turns of the Wheel means the novel cannot be read at speed. Instead you need to digest the detail as you progress.
All in all, thoroughly enjoyable!
THE FIVE TURNS OF THE WHEEL by Stephanie Ellis definitely benefits from this approach. Especially for someone like myself.
There's a lot crammed into a single chapter, a single paragraph even. And If you read fast you could easily miss the finer details. The important details.
Take your time and enjoy this well crafted story. There's a lot to appreciate.
I'm giving this four stars, but I reckon folk horror fans will lap this up and give it an easy five.