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"In their new penthouse eyries, New York’s elite were free from the disturbances of their fellows; they could perfect the aristocratic detachment they’d heard was common among the best classes in Old Europe. Segregated from the shuffling and slack-jawed majority—the kin of you and me—they had only to contend with the spoiled air that drifted up from the city streets below: the stink of plebeians like us as we purposefully execute their edicts, and unknowingly play our parts in their machinations."
I can feel New York elite... Rockefeller and Roosevelt types deluxe..
My most favorite passage though is the one is near the end of section 1:
".... Hildersham had read from a book of limitless power. He had made a grave mistake. And then we both saw it: a star shone forth in the sky more brightly than all the others. Its light was inexpressible. The other stars, and the waxing moon too, formed a chorus to this new star—a hurtling comet. It seared heaven. In its wake, a twisting train of blue flame and sparkling silver cut through the sky, wriggling in space like an eel. Void-born yet conceived by a man’s words and in a man’s dreams, the blazing star burned red as it penetrated ozone. It outraged our earth, forced itself on her sky. Its flames left a tortuous green scar on the sky. My ears rang, and my head felt as if it would burst. It was as if the earth itself—and all the trees in the woods—were one and screaming. With a thunderous roar, the comet plunged through the clouds and tore into the earth’s fragile skin. As it burrowed into the soil, it detonated the surrounding trees and turned their bark to smoldering coal. The trees nearest Hildersham and I survived the explosion. But they were now sky-scorched, marred by jagged and burning scars on their black hides. Steam issued from them; they hissed, incensed at their desecration. The comet had slammed into a deep hollow not far from Hildersham and me. Had it not buried itself in this yawning depression, deadened its titanic impact in the compacted snow, gorse, and earth, we might not have lived. I regard this now as a misfortune..."
I don't see how any writing can get much better than this. You have done a tour de force here, Ross... Keep up the excellent work I cannot wait for your next novel :-)👍👍👍👍👍👍
The author has a remarkable sense of humor that is cutting, subtle and modern which he uses to good effect to define his memorable characters.
“I studied the place intently as Carver muttered and tried, vainly, to restore himself to his accustomed elegance.”
While the story progresses you begin to have your attention drawn to the importance of the passage of time.
‘The process of creation is but the precursor to decay. The fortress of today is tomorrow’s ruin, the maiden of morning is the crone of midnight, and the hope of a moment is the foundation of regret.”
Finally I enjoyed the romantic setting of the Berkshire region of New York and Massachusetts. The role of tangled woodlands and menacing forests loom largely in creating a sense of danger and suspense. The setting of this story, takes hold and enmeshes the reader, and like a serpent or vine, never lets you go.
Ross Smeltzer is a word smith. I enjoyed the use of figurative and imagery provoking vocabulary and language that is reminiscent of the very best of 19th century literature and is hard to come by in popular fiction.
Loved this story and I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
The Mark of the Shadow Grove brought the woods alive and the suffocating setting mirrors the dark aspects of ourselves. Despite the fact that this is a work of fantasy, the book explored our humanness. Through Smeltzer's stories, we see gritty and unbearable madness (Alice's story), inescapable evil (James's story), but also the beauty of embracing the dark side, which may not even be so dark after all (Tom and Katrina). Ultimately though, the message is not to meddle with evil because it could eventually overcome and destroy us. I believe I will obey this message.
Excellent first book from Ross Smeltzer and I highly recommend it.
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