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About the Author
- Publication Date : November 29, 2011
- File Size : 1332 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 280 pages
- Publisher : Bascom Hill Publishing Group (November 29, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B006GF6FUC
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,033,219 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Magic, Menace, Mystery
I am impressed with Ms Stewart's control of the landscape in Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves. I'm equally impressed with her command of character description. Set in the Southwest, this YA novel is rich with detail about an area full of magic and mystery. As Silki, the protagonist explores her world, we see it with clear eyes--Concho Mountain was a small mountain just a fourth of a mile from my house. It had two separate humps called Twin I and Twin II. Birdie and I had permission to explore the north side of Twin I if we didn't go near the steep cliffs marching across the top. We weren't supposed to go on the other side of Twin I, or anywhere on Twin II, until we were older--which continually made me curious. The midway marker of our lawful territory was Weaver Rock, a handsome blue-green boulder covered in lichen on one side. Only Birdie and I knew it was where the rock fairies danced when the moon was full of orange fire.
Those readers familiar with the work of Mary Roberts Rinehart, will see here the Forbidden Room that Rinehart made famous is a dozen novels--the one place the protagonist must never visit--and of course, Silki goes there. I won't spoil the story for you, but be prepared for a little more mystery.
When the landscape comes alive, you're on the cusp of a horror story at worst, a paranormal at best. Here, Ms Stewart leads us into a menacing landscape--Droopy cottonwood trees stooped like old guards over the structure. The roof slumped. A gap by the hinges of the boarded-up door facing east looked like a silent scream. That was scary. Rotting arbor posts in the front leaned tiredly toward the ground. The posts were topped by a weather-beaten hunk of lattice crusted with wads of dirty brush. A round, stone-stacked sheep pen near the hogan was starting to crumble.
So, do you want to go in there? Not on your life.
The characters in Silki come through with such detail you have to wonder if Ms Stewart hasn't taken photographs. Here's Mrs Anna: ...[her] busy hands stopped. She turned her head and gazed down the road. It was hard not to stare at her. Creamy coffee skin and flowing black hair made her look more like a painting than a real person. Her arched brows and straight nose gave her the look of an empress. Even with thin white streaks swirling through her hair, it was hard to believe she was seventy-one--just one year younger than my grandmother was. Her jewelry had sparkly gems mixed with turquoise. I wondered if it was from our Rez or her store in Santa Fe. Mrs. Anna's head snapped back.
This is a well written, detailed story that teaches as well as it entertains. So I give it the reader's mantra: Buy it, read it, review it.
Thanks Jodi Lea Stewart for giving us a fine read.
What a great surprise was in store for me. I loved this book, it's characters, and the authentic voices Jodi Stewart gave to each one. It's a great story, well-written and absolutely engaging from beginning to end...the girls, their horses, the mystery, the intricate plot, and most of all, just the pure pleasure of being able to escape with a book that's fun to read and impossible to put down.
I predict we will see a lot more Jodi Stewart books in the future and her audience will include many many "used-to-be young adults" as well as those who actually are young! Give this one a try. It's a great book by a great author.
I know I will read the sequel and thanks Jodi.