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The Poppet and the Lune Paperback – March 9, 2012
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"...atmospheric and wonderful and so, so well done... Franklin's writing is beautiful." -- The Bookworm Shelf
"From the very first few lines, the atmosphere rolled out under me like a lush carpet... invading the reader's mind... Come and dip yourself in this story of love, loyalty, and hope." -- Cabinet des Fées Magazine
"Five stars is not enough." -- Sarah Diemer, award-winning author of The Dark Wife
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A girl constructed from the remains of a tragedy, given life by witchcraft and magic...
A cowardly boy running from his destiny, trapped in the form of a wolf...
When the witch who made her is murdered, will the patchwork girl ever discover the purpose of her creation?
Will the wolf boy, Faolin, ever find a way to shed his wolf skin and become human again?
Join Faolin and the patchwork girl on their extraordinary adventure through the Everwood Forest, where they must face all manner of monsters and men, danger and opportunity, and learn for themselves the difference between them. An enchanting story of love, loyalty, and hope, this is a true fairy tale for adults and children of all ages.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a story of a girl who is created from the parts of many children, yet who doesn't know just who or what she is. When the children of a small village are killed by a tragic accident, the parents of the children convince the local witch to bring a new child to life. The witch salvages the undamaged parts of the dead children and makes a patchwork girl, a girl who is then shared by the families of the dead children. She is named Elizabeth by the families, a name which never seems to resonate with her.
When the families have other children, they lose interest in the patchwork girl, and eventually, she leaves the village in an attempt to find someplace in which she fits. Meeting Faolin, a somewhat cowardly wereman, she goes from adventure to adventure while trying to discover her place in the world.
The strength of this novel is in the wordsmithing. The author turns poetry into prose. The first chapter flows along as if in a song. The words are lovingly selected and placed just so to evoke the strongest reaction and feeling of the reader. The rest of the book flows as well from this outstanding beginning.
The patchwork girl, with her mismatched eyes, is one of the most endearing characters about whom I have read in quite some time. I felt for her. I understood her dreams and needs. I wanted to reach into the novel and speak to her, to reassure her. For someone who has a dearth of her own emotions, she emotes to others.Read more ›
After tragedy strikes a small village, killing all of its children, the villagers strike a deal with their local witch to create a new child, a patchwork of those who died, to replace those they have lost. With great reluctance, the witch complies, and soon produces Elizabeth, the "Poppet" referred to in the title. The witch is killed before the process is completed, leaving Elizabeth with many unanswered questions and a fragile identity. Throughout her many adventures, her search for the truth of her existence remains her main motivation.
The "Lune" is Faolin, a reluctant werewolf who becomes Elizabeth's loyal companion, protector and friend. He has a compelling story of his own, neatly sidestepping the categories of mere sidekick or romantic interest (although he does, in part, fill both these roles). In fact, all of the characters in The Poppet and the Lune resist being pigeonholed, either with intriguing backstories or with a pervasive aura of mystery that leaves one wondering about them long after the story is over.
The Poppet and the Lune is nothing short of a rejuvenation of a dying genre. It is fresh, original and brilliantly plotted, with characters that the reader cares about easily and deeply. It steers clear of most of the common clichés, and offering up genuine surprises in their place. I honestly believed that I knew where the main character's story arch was leading, but the ending was both different and better than I expected.
It's hard for me to review this book without sounding completely giddy and uncritical, so I hope the reader will understand that this is a very unusual reaction for me.Read more ›
The wait was so totally worth it and I am so glad I read this novel.
The Poppet and the Lune is going to be one of the novels I set time aside for every year to reread, or one that I'll simply pull out every now and then just to reread my favorite passages. I actually tried to read it as slowly as I could allow, simply because I never wanted it to end. I kept attacking it with post-it notes to mark the sentences I loved so much, to the point where they got in the way of me holding the book and turning the pages. It's going to be a book that I treasure deeply.
The writing style actually reminded me quite of a bit of someone having written down a storyteller's verbal tale. There are times in the novel when the omnipresent narrator refers to hirself and the readers, as if zie were truly right there telling us the story, and fills in the gaps of knowledge the two main leads don't have, which adds to my impression, and I loved it all the more for that. Franklin so clearly nails the fairy tale narrative styles that as soon as I read the opening I knew I was going to love this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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An enjoyable read. Not a big fan of the fantasy genre, but it has a majestic aura to it that kept me reading.
Whimsical fairy tale for adults who are children at heart. A coming of age story that will charm and delight readers of any age. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bruinfan626
I really loved this book! It is a fairy tale that I think kids would love to have read to them. It has a good message without being too dark. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cheryl the bookseller
I LOVED this book!It reminded me of Clive Barkers Abarat. Elizabeth Basalto did a wonderful job narrating! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deedra
From the first page, I was honestly so impressed with this story. Everything - from the writing to the characters to the plot - is entirely intriguing and original. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Trisha
As a writer of songs and stories that are meant to be read aloud/ recited to an audience I truly appreciate a well crafted book such as this one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by theunmobilestudio@yahoo
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The Poppet and the Lune (The Poppet and the Lune #1-4)
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