- File Size: 6525 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Blue Bedlam Science Fiction (February 11, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TI6TSX2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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This was fun and can be read in about 30-45 minutes. I picked it up for free on the kindle store. It’s about a sentient plant named Hain who desires freedom and independence from Mother. She doesn’t want to set down her roots and be like all the other plants. She wants to study technology and alien worlds.
Eventually aliens come to her. The aliens start chopping down the trees for wood even though they can tell there is something different about them (they have rudimentary organs like livers and hearts). Hain knows she must escape them.
Like I said, this was very short but it gave some interesting food for thought. The writing was nothing special but not bad either. I was really intrigued by the characters (mostly De’vola).
I probably will check out Druid, which I believe is the full length novel that accompanies this.
But right off the bat, I was hooked! This short story had me engrossed from start to end. It's very well told, and does an excellent job describing where Hain is, where (what) she comes from, her desires and her flaws. I really wish this had been a novel, something I could spend days delving into.
After having read The Grove, I sincerely hope she develops Hain further in her The Druid Gene sequels.
Even more mysterious, this organic world has long abandon cities on it, what could this mean? Very rarely do short stories drive me to want to read the next book. I will be moving on beyond The Grove. Well done.
Editted to ad: Just listened to the audible edition, read by the author. Her voice is higher and more girlish than I would have thought, but still mesmerizing. In fact, I fell asleep the first time I heard it, I was so hypnotized! But I just FELT Hain, listening to her. The book really came alive in her reading. I highly recommend both editions.
I would never have expected to understand so quickly the perfect logic of this sort of a life form. To have the rich racial memory of the Mother so completely available for Hain's use and Hain's ability to apply it with well reasoned thought just left me in awe.
I have been cryptic in my comments so as not to spoil any of this way too short a read.
Yes, a heartfelt five stars.