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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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"Some believe in chaos, dear, that the details of life are utterly random, without a grand cosmic plan. Others, with whom I agree, believe that, over time, chaos can’t help but fall into a cohesive pattern. The universe isn’t arbitrary; it is, in fact, sublimely precise.”
"Actually, I’m nobody; a bit of a loser, in truth. I can’t keep a job or a relationship beyond a few years, unless you count my cat. At twenty-eight, I still live with my mother. I own nothing, drive a junk car. I found another gray hair.” She sighed. “I would love to be your princess if I could, really, but I can’t. I’m sorry.”
Besides being a gifted storyteller peach is a wordsmith with compare. Her ability to string words and phrases together to create a mental picture is addictive. Consider these:
That humankind had rent the world and unleashed a potent evil upon the land, there remained little doubt. They’d all seen the omens in the quivering earth, spoilt waterways, and failed crops. Yet, rather than heed the warnings
And the touch of humor that infuses the story is a perfect way to keep everyone reading. Excellent story. Well recommended for fantasy lovers everywhere.
The story is really two stories, that in the end, become one where fantasy and reality merge. The main characters, Madlyn, Cody, Dustin, and Lillian, each have different world views that conflict with each other, but all are necessary for everyone to cope with the approaching sense of loss that is meaningful to each one, a natural human response to things out of our control.
Yet, if one draws back the curtain of this story, it is a unique telling of how fantasy interplays with tragedy, grief, and loss, in the real world. We are often changed by the realization that we live both in the real world and our perceptions of that world are often a fantasy from a deep psychological need to believe that things are better or worse, than they are.
The author, in my opinion, is telling us something about ourselves and that makes this story so much more than what is first appears to be. The Sorcerer’s Garden is a study of human behavior and how to fight human urges of greed, scarcity, power, war, and cruelty that must be continually fought to create a more caring world through the realization that there is no need for greed, power, and cruelty, because there is no scarcity, there is only a perception of scarcity that leads to greed, power, war, and cruelty, that steals our souls, formed out of fear. In the end, it is fear alone, that causes all the pain and suffering in the world. I highly recommend this truly unique and powerful story.
This book is a subtle comment on modern life though Peach banks on an imaginative world to convey it. It is a brilliant portrayal of shrieks that never get heard. When Madlyn who has been fired by Dustin’s company is employed by his grandmother at home, that gives you the first cue that she is no ordinary character. In no time she hogs the limelight and even gives ethical advice to Dustin against his partner who manipulates the sales for financial gains. It is a battle against “high principles and virtue” as pointed out by Alexandra. It is an attack on Warson and his cronies “for their callous betrayal of dreams.” It is just a nightmare of Madlyn to deal with conspiracy theorists, bigots, racists, polluters and our own fears!
It is not just a breezy or adventurous story that can be read within a day or two. The flow of the book is slow due to the focus on the creation of lilting prose, which seems to be the forte of Peach besides the serious theme that she handles dexterously.
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This is a compelling story and the characters are well rounded like real life people.Read more