I must start this out by saying that this book was not what I expected. I really don’t know what I expected, but this wasn’t it. I had heard online good things about the author so I decided to try her out. This was the first of her books that I’ve read. I intend to read more.
This book is exactly as billed in the title: a group of short myths and legends. It is a cool book.
What is so cool about it, you ask? Well, let me add a little color to the statement:
- It can be surprisingly dark.
- Each story is written differently, some in very different styles and feels, which demonstrates this author’s incredible versatility.
- There are very personal stories, and stories that are written with an almost biblical/mythical distance, which is both full of deep emotional meaning and cold, hard lessons of truth.
- There are myth stories spoken in reverent voices that you might hear from a village wise-person or elder. They were distant and magical and personal.
- In all cases the author’s voice is lyrical and emotionally demanding.
- There were strong female characters that aren’t merely love-forlorn suckers – again, cool.
- I have never seen Trolls portrayed this way (I’ll leave it at that).
- I could go on but I shall not—I am sure you get the point
This is a short book, and very easy to read. You will be done before you know it, and wishing you weren’t. For what it is, a book of Myths and Legends, I am awarding it 5-stars. I am looking forward to reading her novels! If the author’s intent was to tease me with this book, it worked. I have been lured into the world and I want more.
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I’ll Keep the Lantern Lit.