The Light Heart of Stone
Fox’s adoption should signal a life of bound moth ...more
The Light Heart of Stone by Tor Roxburgh is quite simply a beautifully wrought and original tale. It is a fresh and compelling read on a number of levels.
Young Fox is an Indiginy daughter born in the Kelp province, in a land called The Stone Body. The Indiginy tribes live under a treaty enforced by the descendants of a 1000 year old invading force.
The colonising forces are split into houses named after their produce, with each house administering a province. These houses are lead by...more
I was first made aware of The Light Heart of Stone by Tor Roxburgh through this excellent interview that Sean the Bookonaut undertook with Roxburgh in episode 15 of the Galactic Chat podcast. If you're an Australian fan of fantasy novels, I defy you to listen to that interview and not be interested in picking up a copy.
The interview also contains some interestin ...more
Fox is different; she has talent. She could potentially carry a child with companionship powers and save Oak province. Companions are able to grow plants and ...more
Influenced by our colonial history and Indigenous peoples (see what the author did there?), this is familiar yet different enough to be intriguing. In this world, the Aboriginal peoples' sense of relationship to the land is visible in the Indijines rockskin, a layer of rock-like formation on their arms and backs of their hands, that allows them to sense the earth ("the Stone Body")and all that walks upon it.
I'm not sure how comfortable I feel with the swapping of skin ...more
I definitely thought a bunch about this book and tried to describe the worl ...more
For more than one thousand years, the Companionaris and the Indidjinies have lived side-by-side. The colonising Companionaris control the talent for growing plants and breeding animals. The colonised Indidjinies own the land.
In order to achieve a balance a high price is paid by the Indidjiny who must give up their offspring with ta ...more
I was not disappointed.
Themes such as family, colonisation and nature are deftly drawn and compel the reader not only to avidly follow the unfolding drama - and it is drama! - but to reflect more broa ...more
This book is an epic feat for which Tor Roxburgh deserves to be proud. Drawing on recognisable and worrisome themes such as the plight of refugees, our own displaced indigenous Australian people, as well as global and ...more
It tells the tale of 11 y.o. Fox who is removed from her own (Kelp) Clan and adopted into another clan - the Oaks. She comes under the guidance of her "aunt' Oria who guides her through life, and meets other central
characters from other clans Mica; a pseudo love interest.
There is quite an undertone to the book as crops are failing and animals are dying, and a decision is ...more
The writing was tight and the character development was excellent. It was so well done, that I was very disappointed when the end arrived. I think that Tor Roxburgh is an author to keep an eye on.
It deals with themes of empire, greed, racism and the environment and weaves these into a complex tale of intrigue, betrayal and mysterious powers at work.
My only quibble was it was difficult at times to get a sense of "time": ie., I wasn't sure if the era was analogous to Puritan America or Victorian England. However in the end this didn't matter.
Writing as Linda Hollan, Gina Walsh and KD Miller, I am the author of 12 teenage romances. My non-fiction includes Taking Control, a successful Australian title about family violence, and The Book of W ...more