Geraint: Modern-day, Medieval-alternate-world (Hengist-People of the Horse Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Now, the People of the Horse stories are alternate histories, as in fantasy (and yes, sometimes, the characters travel to different dimensions) yet they seem to be rooted in a very realistically and accurately portrayed Medieval period. And I love the adventure, the jousting and the trials, the Beltane rituals, even the descriptions of food gathered, prepared and eaten, along with the herbal healing techniques. But most of all I love the MAGIC! This series reminds me of Mists of Avalon most in this regard, especially Geraint. The latest offering of The People of the Horse is world building at its best. From the opening pages I was pulled in, and as the story unfolds, I went deeper and deeper into Geraint's troubled world.
When I bought the book, I noticed the author asked me to bear with Geraint's brattiness in the beginning of the story. But I didn't find Geraint to be a brat. To me, Geraint, a boy struggling with the loss of his mother and an overbearing, grieving father, behaves normally under such conditions. And Grey's understanding and handling of such a boy, who is also extremely gifted, makes this a story that transcends YA adventure. It is a truly magical, heartwarming and feel good read, with some very serious themes running through it. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to settle in with a good book.
This is an enjoyable read, rich in details about the world and ripe with complex characters who hold your interest. I look forward to the next book and the continuation of this marvelous story.
I enjoyed the writing of this author. The description of the magic was beautiful and subtle while the characters well-drawn and likable. I look forward to more of this story.