R J Anderson:
|R J Anderson|
There are times when you stumble across a book that you just wanna shout about and "Swift" is probably one of them.
I have grown up loving classic tales such as Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia - There is something about R J Anderson's writing in Swift that took me back to that feeling but with an added "edge".
It was actually my mum-in-law that passed me a copy of Swift, and I'm sooooo glad she did. In fact we liked her story so much that my mum-in-law went out and bought the previous trilogy!
The story is classed as "children's" but in all honesty, it's an enjoyable read for anyone. What I also like about her story is that her researh in Cornish faery tales shines through her writing.
If you like a faery tale with a twist then I can't recommend this book enough...
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Orchard Books
Ivy sensed the stone hurtling towards her and rolled - too late. Heat scored across her back in a blaze of dazzling pain. The ground spiralled to meet her, and she knew it would only be seconds before she hit...
Ivy is a determined young faery, living in an abandoned tin mine with her clan. In a cruel twist of fate she was born without wings, and she longs to fly like the others. When she meets an enigmatic stranger, he seems to offer an answer. But there is more to him than meets the eye...
The book first introduces us to Ivy, a young Piskey born without wings who is about to participate in her first, annual "Lighting celebration". It will be the first time when she will leave the Delve, her home deep in an abandoned mine; but things don't end well when their mother vanishes. It is believed that she has been taken by thin, wispy creatures known as spriggans.
Five years on and their father has become silent shell of his former self, and spends all of his time working deep in the tunnels. Ivy runs the home and looks after them all, including her brother and sister.
But when another Piskey goes missing; it is assumed Spriggans are behind it...
When they catch what they suspect is a Spriggan, stories and mysteries begin to unravel and Ivy has to learn who she can trust and fast!
There were so many things that I loved about this book. I loved the way that the author has developed the scenes and characters. It flowed easily and captured the imagination.
I did find that it took a few pages to really get into it but once absorbed into it; it was so hard to put down and I found myself sneaking a couple of pages whenever I could!
I really liked Ivy's character and you find out a lot of her background as she does. It is written from her perspective so you learn along with her; who to trust and what piece of the puzzle goes where.
There was a specific moment in the book where there is a realisation about her mother... And it's so cleverly done that you realise seconds before Ivy. I can't say much more without spoiling it but there is plenty of plot twist to keep you guessing.
This wasn't a predictable, pink and fluffy fairy story. The characters in the book were more solid and well developed then other pieces I have come across; and therefore making them more believable.
Overall, a very entertaining and well written/thought out book. Can't wait for the next instalment!