Two boys swear an oath that tie them together for life. One character is strong in body, the other strong in mind. This book explores the consequences...moreTwo boys swear an oath that tie them together for life. One character is strong in body, the other strong in mind. This book explores the consequences of this oath, including themes such as trust, honor, ambition, courage, strength, truth, and justice.As men there is a problem. Is a promise made in childhood strong enough to ensure both character's happiness?
While Wolfskin isn't the conventional Marillier book that readers put above the rest, it is the one that has out-shined the rest for me. While I can't promise it will do that for other readers, I can say that Marillier's command of words and honed storytelling will not disappoint. It might not be as amazing as Sevenwaters or The Bridei Chronicles to some, but to take the chance of passing up this gem would be a certain mistake.
While Daughter of the Forest will always be dear to me as the first book I found by her, Wolfskin will outshine it by far. A gorgeous book with a chilling end. A tale that no doubt the reader will stir thoughts and feelings years after reading it. (less)
I read the whole thing, so that's saying something. (And also why the 2 rather than 1) I got this as a Kindle Freebee and selected it at random to rea...moreI read the whole thing, so that's saying something. (And also why the 2 rather than 1) I got this as a Kindle Freebee and selected it at random to read next. While gripping, I can't really say (even now) what it was about: what we were supposed to learn and what there is to gain from reading this book. It wasn't entertaining enough to be just for entertainment's purpose and the lessons, though important, weren't anything new (seeing beyond a person's body to their true selves etc...) I didn't like any of the characters and didn't identify with any of them. The premise was decent but executed in a way that was hard to take seriously. I would read this paragraph of not brilliant but at least decent prose only to find "Pig Face" and "Liver Eater" put into the text which threw me off so much that I just couldn't help but laugh. It seemed very immature of a name to use given the fact that the book was definitely not for children or even a young adult book. The rape scenes, torture scenes, and all definitely were able to highlight this observation.
And the names of the characters were the first of many off-beat ideas that were hard to take seriously. A videotape of the main character having some sort of sex with a painting and the way it was revealed to her ... I was like what the mess? Magical mirrors and angelic creatures that looked like plush dragons or dollar bills, having sex with angels as well as ghots and other things like that didn't do much to enhance the core story which seemed somehow lost in all of the rest of the talk.
Some scenes, even within the framework of the book's rules in this fantasy world, didn't even make emotional sense.
Intellectually, 10% into the book, I had no idea what it was about. I only know that because I was mindful of what percentage I was into it based on what my Kindle told me and made the connection and shared that with my husband.
Anyway, I think some people may like this. I just would be really hard pressed to find someone who I know who would. Read the reviews if this sounds like something you'd like to invest in, go a head. Even though it was free and my kindle is in no way close to being filled up, I'm going to delete it from my kindle.
I suppose I can say at least the author wasn't afraid to take risks. In my experience, these risks didn't work. (less)
Carolyn Parkhurst has got to be one of the most skilled writers I have read. She uses various literary devices effortlessly and pulls off her characte...moreCarolyn Parkhurst has got to be one of the most skilled writers I have read. She uses various literary devices effortlessly and pulls off her character's believability by focusing on the things that make us real: emotions, mistakes, regret, uncertainty. It is from these things that the characters emerge, and what reader can't identify with these things? This book holds within it many special gems. It certainly is a book that I'd recommend to anyone and will begin to as much as I recommended another one of her works, The Dogs of Babel (my favorite book in the world).
Carolyn Parkhurst has wowed me again. Anyone who wants to be a writer I'd encourage whole-heartedly to study Parkhurst's works.
Only question - where is her cult following? She certainly has earned it!(less)