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The Returning by Christine Hinwood
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Mar 28, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: family, fantasy, friendship, romance, war
Read on March 28, 2012

This series of loose, poetic vignettes covers a span of years after Cam Attling comes home from war, the only survivor of those from his village. Though he tries to re-accustom himself to his old life, he can't -- he has to find out why he survived. While Cam goes back North, to Dorn-Lannet and Lord Ryuu, the enemy who spared his life, his family, friends and entire village change in unexpected ways.

This book is just beautiful, more a series of prose poems than a novel. The emotional depth that the author creates in her characters is amazing. Even though the book doesn't spend a long time on any one character, you still care about all of them deeply. There are so many books about war, but not many about what it means to come home from one and live. Pick up this one!

Recommended for fans of:
The Scorpio Races
Always Coming Home by Ursula K. LeGuin
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Mary Excellent review! Yes this is a surprisingly powerful book, if you are willing to slow down and experience it at its own pace.

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