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You Made My Heart a Hunter Paperback – September 29, 2015
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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The plot of this book is pretty simple, but what really makes this story stand out is the quality of the writing. Epps has a clear, lyrical style that presents simple scenes with deep power. More importantly, she does an excellent job at drawing, clear, flawed, but sympathetic characters. The stakes in this book are low---this isn't the sort of story in which people need to save the world---but the characters are so true and real that it immediately sucked me. I've never been disappointed by anything I've read from Epps, and this book was no exception.
That alone struck me. To submit to God like that. It's not an easy thing to do. It takes courage and trust. I also thought it was really interesting how the author chose to portray God as "it". I have always viewed God as "He". Yet another part of me recognizes that there is also a feminine force in the world. So calling God "it" was very intriguing.
As Lhennuen wanders the wilds of her world, disaster forces her to make friends and allies (and enemies too). She falls in love with a wonderful, gentle man named Yugho. I was suspicious of Yugho at first, but perhaps that is because Epps is an adept writer who has created a cautious character who can be warm, but reserved. It was easy to place oneself in Lhennuen's shoes.
Disaster befalls Lhennuen again at the end of the book and once more she is forced to submit to the will of God, which just goes to show you what a strong lead she is.
Long story short, I knew I would like this book right away. As a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley's work, I felt like I was reading Priestess of Avalon or Forest House again and was in love. I really think you should give this book a try. It's only 100 pages. You can knock it out on your lunch break or before bed!
After the death of her husband, Lhennuen leaves the temple to sort out herself and her future. It's fascinating how this young woman, in the middle of her unknown path, is willing to give up her control to submit herself to her God (yes, this novel's world has several of them) and It's will. She is not always happy with the results and some of her strugglings with God remind me of the sparring between Don Camillo and Jesus. But she keeps searching for the way meant for her, while learning new things about herself along the way. When, at the end of the story, tragedy once again befalls her, a stronger, but still true to herself, Lhennuen is ready for the next step on her way.
It's hard to say what I loved most about the book: The elegant style? The dry wit? Or the slow deepening of the characters (not only Lhennuen's)? The fact that nothing is painted just black or white? The wonderful minor characters? Or that, like in real life, not every secret is solved? Or, or, or...?
Who cares? Go ahead, read it!! You'll find your own reason to adore this book!
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