The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story Kindle Edition
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This is a five-star, truly great book. Henley paints beautiful pictures with her words from the first page. Many times an author works and reworks the first few pages of a book so the prose is exceptional on those pages but the writing quickly deteriorates afterward. The writing in The Keeper is exceptional throughout.
What am I going on about here? The writing is never my focus. I love a good story and was not disappointed in that regard for a second. Flesh-eaters? Yuck! I don't usually love horror. It's like going for the cheap thrill. But, this book was not about horror. It was about the relationship between two communities balanced precariously, on the edge of war, between the lofties, who lived in the trees, and the groundlings. The real story is how Peree starts out watching Fennel, fascinated by how she manages, being sightless. Then, he must protect her and make sure she is able to collect the water. He tells her stories, challenges her, whatever he needs to do. In the process his feelings for her grow, until he no longer just wants to protect the water supply for his community. He falls for Fennel and wants to protect her.
What I loved about it: Fennel is not some fragile, incapable blind person. She's tough. Even though she's afraid, she's brave. She's an admirable heroine.
What I didn't love: It was only 45 pages! I was so impatient when I was looking for a book to read I only looked at the cover and the description, missing the important info that The Keeper is a novella.
I wanted more! I found that it was a companion book to The Scourge, and quickly downloaded it.
I was so excited for this short story. A.G. Henley's first book was sooooo good! And when I realized there was going to be a short story from Peree's POV? I immediately went and bought the book!!
Okay first of all, the cover......WOW! It goes with the cover for the first book so well!! The blue color really stands out and makes you connect the two books! (Sadly though on my kindle the cover is in black and white. :'( If only I had bought it later!) I really love looking at these covers!!
Second of all....I LOVE PEREE!! Not only are he and Fenn great together, but he is just so awesome!!!
Getting insight into what Peree was thinking in the beginning of The Scourge was really interesting. He was a fun character to read about.
I also really liked the ending. It was right when Peree came to a great realization!
Be forewarned if you read the first book then you already know most of what will happen. Reading this is purely so you can get insight into Peree's view of Fenn and his life among the lofties.
And on top of that there was an excerpt from the next book and from the looks of it, it sounds good!!!
This was a fun enjoyable read that fans of The Scourge will love!
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YES!!
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YES!!!!! (99 cents on Amazon!!)
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: ONLY IF YOU LIKE SHORT STORIES
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: YEAH!!!
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: OF COURSE
I do not mean to downplay the author's description of Fenn's sightless world and her life through it (because she does a wonderful job telling us through Fenn's unique perspective) but this book was completely refreshing in its discription of her environment and of Fenn herself. It fills in these little snipits of visuals that Fenn cannot see, from Peree's point of view. Not only do we get to "see" them more but we learn a little more about their first few days together and see Peree's version of events. It made me love him even more. They are both great!
I wish I'd read this one before I had read the second. Not a big deal though. Sure, it's short, as all these little books are in between the main ones. But I like it, it's perfect. It leaves you wanting more.
I didn't think that was possible, but I do. le sigh...
And not just Peree, but seeing Fenn through his eyes is a highlight as well, giving me an even greater respect for her and her courage.
Peree also gives us an invaluable view of the Lofties and what life looks like for them, further establishing the idea that the Lofties and the Groundlings are two groups of people who fiercely care for their own, who are acting on years of presumptions and prejudices (but who both grudgingly need each other), and how those prejudices have affected both their groups. Having now seen both sides, it makes Peree and Fenn's curiosity about each other and their tentative willingness to look beyond their cultural conditioning all the more special. Overall, The Keeper isn't necessary to the larger storyline, but I would highly recommend it due to the more well-rounded perspective and the fantastic character development it provides.
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