The dragons, the gryphons, the gargoyles. Even the unicorn. There's danger though, and the mystical beasts no one believes in are fadingIt's all real.
The dragons, the gryphons, the gargoyles. Even the unicorn. There's danger though, and the mystical beasts no one believes in are fading out of reality. If they can't be found and kept safe, the powers they represent in the world will be forever lost.
Sounds like an interesting concept? It is.
More than that though, it's a good read. Ambrose is a great character. I've followed him through the first three books, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how he'll get out of the pickle he's currently in – because, mind you, I think it's going to take more than just magic to fix that.
Sure, these books are short, but to me, that's a good thing. It means I'm able to get through the story in one sitting and I can enjoy each of them as unit – kind of like watching an episode in a TV series.
I just wish the next one would be out already....more
I was initially a little hesitant about this book. Recently, I've come across a few attempts at rewriting fairytales that didn't quite work for me, anI was initially a little hesitant about this book. Recently, I've come across a few attempts at rewriting fairytales that didn't quite work for me, and I was worried this would be the same. However, it came with warm recommendations and I decided to give it a shot.
I'm very glad I did.
This isn't about rewriting classic fairytales in a modern way, but rather about telling new stories in a fairytale style - or just stories about fairies. Some of the stories are clearly inspired by the classics, but they're still very much their own tales. Modern takes on old themes presented in a fairytale style.
There's also a kind of progression to the way the stories are ordered, and which I really liked. The first stories are the ones that most resemble the classical fairy tale, while the ones at the end have more in common with modern urban fantasy. There's also a sense of connection between some of the latter stories (which is also mentioned in the foreword), which hints at more stories to come. I'm very much looking forward to that.
This is the story of a family of witches who's ancestors made a deal with a spirit of the land, and who have lived with the consequences of that for gThis is the story of a family of witches who's ancestors made a deal with a spirit of the land, and who have lived with the consequences of that for generations. Okay, so that's an overly simplified version of the story, and there's a lot more to it than that, but I'd say it's better to read it yourself and build your own understanding of it. It's well worth it.
The story sets the atmosphere right from the first few lines, and then slowly builds upon it, adding little details and opening up for more questions. The characters and the town come to life, and it's not hard to believe this is how things would go down in a small Irish town. It's not about the town though, but about the Cleary family. There are a lot of them, and early on I wasn't quite able to tell them apart, but soon enough I got to know them better, and it wasn't an issue. In the end, it's about the family as a whole, and not any one individual - although some do stand out more to me than others (looking at you Erin).
What I really liked was the atmosphere and the relaxed pace of the story. It takes its time, meanders a bit to get a different angle on something, and doesn't rush to a conclusion. It's slow, but in a pleasant and enjoyable way. There's not much action, but there's a whole lot of atmosphere, and there's a lot of room left for the imagination to wander around and poke at things in wonder.
I don't believe there will be a sequel to this particular story, but I'd be more than happy to read another one like it....more
I'd previously seen the animated movie based on this book, and it's quite different to the book. The book starts off fairly similar to the movie, butI'd previously seen the animated movie based on this book, and it's quite different to the book. The book starts off fairly similar to the movie, but eventually splits off and becomes more and more different. This isn't a bad thing, but it made it a little difficult for me to reconcile my memory of the movie with the experience of reading the book....more