- File Size: 429 KB
- Print Length: 145 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 10, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0055F5P46
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Spirits Of Glory Kindle Edition
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Spirits of Glory is written in a haunting style about a dreamlike world where spirits and gods are a reality and time fractures at unexpected moments. The imagery of abandoned cities set amongst tracts of barren land is stark and beautiful, and the characters and their relationships are fascinating, leaving the reader with a distinctive flavour that is hard to describe, perhaps something like fine wine.
Blurb: One morning, the people of the North woke up and the people of the South were gone. That's the first thing every child learns on the colony world of Jigsaw. But for one girl, knowing about The Disappearance is not enough. Hawkeye wants to know why. Her curiosity won't let her refuse a journey to the Forbidden Cities, even though she's going into more danger than she can imagine.
The Neighbours appeared on the planet Jigsaw soon after the people of the South disappeared. Hawkeye thinks there might be some relationship between the two events, but no one knows where the neighbours live or where they came from and they clearly aren't human because though human in form their skin comes in a multitude of hues and they have their own language.
For some reason, unknown until the clever ending, a group of Neighbours come to take Hawkeye to the far south where they plan to consult with the Southern Gods. Accompanying them is a group of scavengers, evil minded men whose only desire is to steal the mysterious artefacts left behind after the Disappearance. Their nature contrasts starkly with the purity and tenderness of the Neighbours, and Hawkeye, pretty but a cripple, finds herself dependant on the Neighbours for protection. The tension between the two groups pervades the book and comes to a head at the end.
Throw conversations with strange gods and beautifully described fractures in time into this mix and you have something totally original. If you like something different, read this. I give it 5 stars and a place on the Awesome Indies listing.
In Spirits of Glory, Devenport has created an intriguing world that I very much enjoyed. The planet that Hawkeye lives on is called Jigsaw because it suffers from a number of Time Fractures. A Time Fracture is basically a time bubble that traps everyone within it in the present, which means that everything takes longer to complete in the bubble than outside of it. This also has the side effect where people on Jigsaw are more mature than their appearance.
As for the general theme of the book, I couldn't help but feel a sense of eeriness throughout the story. You know something had happened on Jigsaw and caused the disappearance of half the planet but you're not quite sure what. There are also talks of spirits and gods that punished the inhabitants for the wrongdoings and yet you never quite see them. Devenport does a great job in conveying these points in her writing and helps the readers become familiar with them at a steady pace.
Devenport writes with wonderful and compelling prose that keeps you hooked on the story but I felt the pacing is a little slow for my liking. However the story as a whole more than makes up for this minor complaint.
Spirits of Glory is a YA novel that is different from what's currently popular on the market. It is a coming of age story that focuses on self-discovery through knowledge rather than physical/supernatural power or through beauty. A recommended read if you are looking for a unique YA novel with deep meaning.
I loved it that Hawkeye was a librarian, since I'm getting my MLIS right now. I also loved it that I didn't think she was a stereotypical librarian in literature. As much as I liked Hawkeye, though, my favorite character was Wolfy. I adored Wolfy! Every time he did something or said something, my thoughts when something like this:
"Omg aljsdfklsjlkfjljsdf he's so cute!!! I want one!"
Wolfy actually reminded me of my favorite character from Stephen King's Dark Tower series, a billy bumbler named Oy (a billy bumbler is a cross between a raccoon and a terrier). Oy could talk, too, much in the same way that Wolfy talks. I was really excited, as a result, to have Wolfy in the story. His relationship with Daisy was so freaking adorable.
The only thing I wish is that this book had been longer. I would have loved to spend more time in the world Devenport created, and to see the characters and Jigsaw fleshed out even more. She did a great job with this book, though. No scene is unimportant, no character is unimportant, and we aren't left at the end with any loose threads. Spirits of Glory is a fun fantasy, and if you're looking for something that's more of a light read, definitely check it out.
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