Hello and happy Monday everyone! I hope your week has started in the best possible way! Today I am really happy because I am sharing with you a small marvel (small only because it is really short, because it is a huge marvel!)
Thank you to NetGalley and to the Editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Forest God
Author: Jamie Lackey
Page Count: 82
The Forest God, incarnated into the body of hare, ready to die and live again.
The Apprentice Witch, outcast and unwanted, unsure of her path.
The Young Lord, frivolous and rootless, inconsiderate of his duties.
Their three souls should be bound to a cycle of death and sacrifice, responsibility and rebirth. But the bonds lie broken and shrouded in mystery. The wood remains in precarious balance for now, but the village withers.
Only together, can they set things right.
This was another unplanned read. I had quite a lot of them this month, but I was very lucky so far, because all of them were great books (and I think that it can count as an Indie book, too). But this one… This one was the best. This is one of the best books I have read this year, and I am stretching the “book” part a little, because it is a novella. And a really short one at that. But it was perfect.We have it all in there, and the author uses less than 100 pages to create a masterpiece.
And I have to thank Olga for this one, with her amazing review!
We have a set of amazing characters: Margery, Hugh and the Forest God are not lacking a single thing. They are well developed, with complex personalities and all three of them have a different voice.
And such amazing personalities they all have! But that’s not all! We also see personal growth. For all three of them. In less than 100 pages! Isn’t it great?? And in those few pages we really learn to know our characters, and it is heartwarming to see them all grow up, in a way or another.
This story is set in a little world, almost intimate, which is bounded to the Forest God and the cycles of nature. People kept to the old ways, but they are slowly forgetting them and this is not a good thing. The Earth is suffering for it, and the small village is suffering for it, too. And even if, on an objective side, the world-building is not the most complete or accurate, it is not lacking. Sure, we don’t have a big world to explore, and sure there aren’t many descriptive parts, but… But you get all that you need to imagine this village, this forest and this world. You get the feeling of the small village, and of the forest. You feel like you really know those places.
And then we have the story. It is compelling, it is beautiful and it speaks to us in a lot of different ways. It was a heartwarming book, one that made you more optimistic, at least for a bit. And something like that is really precious!
Also, it was really really fun, and it remembered me a little of Pratchett, in the best possible way!
That’s all! Have you read this story? Or have you read something else by this author? Let me know!