on April 8, 2018
Fae blood and fangs? Don’t you dare think for one minute that the creatures from Christy Nicholas’ book “Misfortune of Song” are anything like the cutesy, spritely things we associate as “fairies” now. The Fae in this book are out for...blood, revenge, more?
When faced with a difficult choice for his granddaughter, that he, Maelan, must make, his ideals of living in a black and white world are shattered. Maelan is not one who believes in the gray area, let alone live in it. How could, how dare Nicholas put her main character in such a position that he must choose?
Ah, but that is the magic of Nicholas’ writing. Vladimir Nabokov once said, “ The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” Nicholas’ throws some pretty hard core rocks at Maelan throughout the story, but in so doing, we, the reader start feeling all sorts of things for Maelan. Sympathy? Empathy? Pity? All of it?
Nicholas is once again adept at bringing many shades of the color wheel to her characters, even in the gray areas, such as the ones Maelan often finds himself in. She breathes life into all her character’s giving them depth and emotions. Even the kind of emotions that may come at inappropriate times, such as laughing at a funeral kind of timing, because her character’s aren’t just names typed on a piece of paper. They are real, and they too make choices and make mistakes. If there is one thing that I would gladly debate about Nicholas’ writing is that her characters are far from flat.
Even in their black and white worlds.
Honestly, believe it or not, as a child who did not enjoy breaking rules, but realizing as I grew up that there is more than just two sides to every coin, I truly believe Maelan had my heart from the beginning on this story. Orlagh, does have moments when she finally realizes some choices in life may not always be the best decisions, but I think by the end of the book, despite her not being flat, as mentioned above, she is a young girl in love, and sometimes, love has rose tinted glasses on, and just like any young girl in love, by the end the book, I think Orlagh still has some growing up to do. I think it would be a false ending if she did all her growing up in one magical swoop.
There are many more great and wonderful characters in this book! Even Maelan’s best friend who we think is just comic relief shows great strides in growth toward the end of the story. But what of Maelan toward the end of the story? What choices does he make? And what about those Fae creatures?
Well, now, that would be too easy if I gave it ALL away, wouldn’t it?
Smooth, flowing writing style, peppered with humor (especially my favorite type--sarcastic) at all the right moments, a touch of magic and all heart, Nicholas’ has once again proven she has every right to be writing historical fiction among the masters of the genre.