Wednesday, December 26, 2012
2 QUICK REVIEWS
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Yowzer! This is one of my best reads or maybe even the best read of 2012.
The Setting: Brittany in the 15th Century, The palace and St. Mortain's Abbey
Characters: Ismae, Gavriel, Duchess Anne, The abbess and St. Mortain, the Saint of Death, starring as himself
The Plot: Oh, my! Poor Ismae has been sired by St. Mortain. Her father tries to have her mother abort her. She lives but is stained by the herbs used to abort her. She is treated very poorly because she is marked until the herbwitch can ferret her off to St. Mortain's abbey. The abbess and nuns at the abbey take good care of her and teach her how to kill men that have been marked by St. Mortain. She is sent on a secret mission to protect the would-be Queen, Anne (13 years old) from those she thinks she can trust and those she can't.
Theme: Although it would be hard to believe, it is really all about life-giving mercy.
Crusoe's Daughter by Jane Gardam
Well, I dunno what quite to say. I have an idea that this was a very intelligent novel. Yet, sadly, it for the most part flew right over my head. Not the first time, peeps.
Polly Flint is left with her old aunts at the age of six. The story spans her entire life. At some point, she fell in love with the novel, Robinson Crusoe. She lives her entire life trying to emulate Crusoe's time on the island. I think she may do quite well at it, but I do believe I cannot be sure because I, myself, am not a scholar of Daniel Defoe's story.
More I cannot add except only to say the writing was not half bad and I would not hesitate to give another Gardam novel a try.