A thick book filled with spells, enchantments, fairies, mysterious roads and a very big handful of Englishness!
I loved it!
Sono triste. Perché ho finito di leggere questo bellissimo libro. Sono triste perché potevano essere tre libri ed invece è un solo lungo libro pieno di amore, amicizia, guerra e magia onorevole. Sono triste perché il re corvo è un personaggio bellissimo e affascinante. Sono triste perché vorrei tanto essere uno strangita, ma in realtà sono molto più norrelliano. Sono triste, aiutatemi....Continua
mystery-thriller, historical-fiction, fantasy, debut, teh-brillianz, napoleonic
Read in October, 2004
David Bowie for the Man with Thistledown Hair!
Words by Jennie Joy.
Music by T. Crampton
1. "Dear little Fly-a-way, may I inquire,
Whither so fast you are going?
See not before you, the creek and the mire,
What if the wind should stop blowing,
You cannot curb in the windsteeds; and tho'
Firm on their necks you're now lying,
If they should pause once, away you would go
Into the mud and lie dying.
2. "Wee, winsome trouble-heart, can you not see,
Home on these windsteeds I'm going?
There to sleep sweetly, 'till Spring calls to me?
Then a fair flow'r I'll be growing,
Tho' but a weak little waif I appear,
Purposes wise I'm fulfiling,
Nothing that God rules is hopeless, my dear,
Speed then winds, blow if you're willing.
This is a book that is both enjoyable and very frustrating due to the abundance of footnotes that have a tendency to run on longer than the the actual tale. Very disappointed that the author did not use her time to place condensed versions within the work, instead of contriving these long wonded explanations that did not need explaining. My advice, forget the footnotes, just pass them by and read the story....Continua
Very, very slow paced in the first two-thirds of the book. The narrative is very discursive, which also takes time and patience getting used to. The pace picks up in the final part of the book, and finishes quite well. I'm glad that I finished the book, though it will be some time before I read it again....Continua