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Thursday, August 13, 2020
Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne and The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey
Magical sigils, dead apprentices, hobgoblins, curses, a battle seer, and lots of jokes about bollocks. The characters are interesting, the mystery a little forced.
Some of it was fun and funny, so seemed strained and overdone, but as the first in a new series, I enjoyed it and see potential.
Read in May. Blog review scheduled for
Scifi/Fantasy. Aug. 25, 2020. Print length: 336 pages
Margot Livesey's The Boy in the Field is a wonderful combination of complexity and simplicity. Three young people walking home from school discover an injured boy in a field.
Stabbed and left by the stranger who picked him up on his way home, Karel whispers a word which each three siblings hears differently. Karel recovers, thanks to the interventions of Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan, but the lives of all four young people are changed. One traumatic incident with lasting, but different effects.
Livesey's prose tenderly examines the rippling repercussions of the one violent attack. The crime is sort of an inciting incident, and the narrative quietly follows the three siblings and the victim through their adolescence. Family dynamics play a role as the four grow into adulthood.
I loved this book. It was not at all what I expected, but it will remain one of those memorable experiences of both narrative and elegant writing that lingers for some time.
Read in March. Review scheduled for Aug.
Literary Fiction. Aug. 11, 2020. Print length: 272 pages.
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