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Advent by James Treadwell
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Aug 19, 12

Read in August, 2012

This is a truly peculiar book - neither completely adult fiction nor young adult fiction (not for children in part because of the use of the f-word). It is very, very British. It is supposed to be fantasy and to have to do with the return of magic to the world but the way is so torturous and reading this book depends on so many things - for example, there is a fairly important character in the book named "Holly" who sings part of an English traditional Christmas carol. To fully understand this character and why she is called "Holly" and what it all means, one must know that holly is sacred to druids, that is it part of a traditional English Christmas, that it is a symbol of masculine fertility and the winter solstice. That's a lot to ask of most teenagers and adults. Then you also should probably have some idea of who Johannes Faust was and Helen of Troy and Cassandra and who Gawain was in Arthurian legend. You don't absolutely have to know any of these things but if you don't, you will miss half the book. If you do, this book is a bit more entertaining but still very dense to read. I realize it is part one of at least a two part and maybe three part series. God bless the author for his tenacity and grant patience to his readers (as well as access to Wikipedia or at least one course in English literature and legends.)
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Kerri Yes, but if you *do* happen to have a passing familiarity, the symbolism and the author's allusion to the very old stories make it an incredibly rich read.


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