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The Last Stitch by Prue Batten
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Jan 11, 2010

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bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy, first-reads, first-editions-signed, 2010
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The Last Stitch is the second installment in Prue Batten's The Chronicles of Eirie. A fantasy come fairy tale adventure that does not require the reader to have read the first volume. A synopsis and prologue are thoughtfully included, as well as a glossary and map.

Batten has constructed a vocabulary for her World of Eirie based on ancient folklore and this gives the novel an authenticity, and reinforces the magical atmosphere of a world inhabited by Faerans, Others, magical creatures, herbology and enchantment. Batten borrows folklore from Ireland, Scotland, Japan, the Middle East and Northern Europe concocting a delicious pottage of colourful allegory.

The novel is finely paced and the plot begins to take shape almost immediately. There are a number of characters that are spirited enough to engage the reader, notably Adelina, Ebba and Gallivant.

The lyrical prose possesses a serenity and understated flair that makes this book readable and memorable.

The subject matter does not interest me enough personally to read the first book, The Stumpwork Robe, but this is a pleasant read that may appeal to fantasy lovers.

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Prue Thanks Bookscout, for your review, for your kind words and for taking the time to post after you have read the novel.

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