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Book Review: Deep Magic by Gillian St. Kevern

I’ve already read 17 books in January (most of which have been novels!) I think this is hands down the most I’ve ever read in one month. Seeing if I can break 20 before the month is over.

My 17th book for January was Deep Magic by Gillian St. Kevern. I try to review every book I read on Goodreads, but don’t always share those reviews on my blog. But this book definitely needed a blog and GR review.

4 Stars

 

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be whimsical.

I instantly fell in love with the wild landscape of Wales and the quaint small town our protagonist Oliver Evans inhabits.

Oliver is a wanderer–plagued by an insatiable Longing for home. When his grandmother passes away, he inherits her cottage up on a set of cliffs overlooking the sea. So many memories in this place haunt him and he is drawn into the history of his own life while searching for a long lost friend named Myrhydion.

As the story progresses, we are pulled into a world of cunning magic and mythology about sea dwelling creatures called morgen. I was utterly fascinated by it all.

Olly and Myrhydion’s relationship was so sweet and yet still full of fun. The only reason I knocked off a star for this book was because of the sensual scenes. In my opinion they did absolutely nothing for the story and though they were short, they still drew me out of the overall sweet and epic tone of the story.

If you are looking for a book about mermen or selkies, I would highly recommend this one. Though the morgen are different from the previously named mythical creatures, you get a similar feel.

I am very much looking forward to book 2, Morgen’s Curse.

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My Top Ten Fantasy Books

Alrighty! As it has probably become apparent, I am a huge fantasy//sci-fi nerd. Today, I decided to do my top ten favorite fantasy books that I have hoarded away in my house. 🙂

1) Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

2) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

3) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (yes I know it could technically be three books–or six if you’re really picky– don’t judge!)

4) Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara

5) Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

6) Sabriel by Garth Nix

7) The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

8) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

9) Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

10) Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

These books are classified as “favorites”. If you’re wanting to know my absolute favorite of them all, it’s Daughter of the Forest. I ADORE that book. As some of you may know, Juliet Marillier is my favorite author of ALL time. I WILL own every single one of her books one day. I have all of her Sevenwaters books so far. I haven’t read many of her other series books yet, but I definitely will. I also purchase all of her books in paper//hardback formats. I love ebooks on my Kindle, but for Marillier, I splurge on the physical copies. 🙂

What are your top ten fantasy books? I’d love to hear! Don’t squeeze in any sci-fi in there. I am going to do a separate list for Sci-fi. 😉

Thanks for stopping by! Share your top ten in the comments section!

~L.M.

P.S.—It bugs me that the books are not in the same order in the list as in the picture, but it would bother me more for their sizes to be all wonky and stuck in odd places. 🙂

About Me · Dreams

The Magic of Books

Good morning, everyone! (Imagine I’m saying it like Prof. Farnsworth from “Futurama”)

I hope you are all having a cheery morning! Thankfully, my day’s looking up. I woke up from a terrible nightmare this morning and I tend to get a bit bummed out after having bad dreams. After a fabulous writing period, however, I am feeling  much better and far more optimistic about the day! Things are still chugging along extremely well with my current novel. I am a bit of a hybrid between a planner and a pantser, but overall, words are just flowing onto the page and I’m not really sitting down and planning what’s happening next. It’s very exciting. I’m sure I’ll need to sit and do some planning soon, but for now, winging it is going really well for the current scenes.

I wanted to talk a bit about my reading. First off, I have been an obsessive//avid reader since I was a child. My mother was someone who would visit the local library very frequently and I would get to tag along. She’d let me pick out books for myself and I would usually read several of them at once. I wouldn’t always finish them (unless I was extremely interested), but my passion for reading was sparked. By the time I was in middle school, I was reading all the time. Our middle school library was pretty diverse. I even discovered one of my favorite books of ALL time while browsing around the shelves. It is entitled Dragon Sword and Wind Child by the Japanese author, Noriko Ogiwara. I a.d.o.r.e.d. that book. It made such an impression on me, that for the next eight years, I tried to snag a copy of it. When I was in college, I even begged the school’s librarian to let me buy the copy they had. Alas, she didn’t have it.

Finally, while in college, I was able to discover a rare book website and I put myself on the waiting list in case a copy of it every became available. For months, I forgot about it. Then, one magical day, I received an email that Dragon Sword and Wind Child had become available! It was very expensive, but I didn’t care. I ordered it right away (even on my limited college budget.) It was a gorgeous copy with detailed, exquisite illustrations within the first few pages. It now resides on the Philosopher’s and my display shelf in our living room. When I read it again, eight years after my first reading of it, I was just as enchanted and impressed. That was a special journey to me–the journey of a girl and one of her favorite stories. It spanned from my childhood to my adulthood and I wasn’t disappointed. I look forward to reading it again someday. Also, they are finally starting to release the rest of Ogiwara’s books in the United States! The sequel, Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince is now available on Amazon! It’s on my wish list. 🙂

Books are magical. They always take me to distant worlds and places that television and movies never seem to replace. When we read, our minds are engaged in the creation of the worlds in which the stories take place. The author can only describe so much, so our minds have to fill in the rich details of the places and people we read about. This year, I’ve read nine books so far. My goal is always to read at least a book a month, but some months, I read a lot more. That might not seem like much to some people, but when adult life is so full of social and domestic obligations, I think I’m doing pretty well with my reading goals. I tend to gravitate towards fantasy or Christian theology, but sometimes I’ll go “off-road” and try something new.

Some books I would like to read (or finish) before the end of the year:

>>The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh

>>On Writing by Stephen King

>>The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card (3 books in the series)

>>Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard

>>Beauty by Robin McKinley

>>The Borrowers Series by Mary Norton (5 books in the series)

>>Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

>>Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

>>Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

>>Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by Noriko Ogiwara

There are many, many others, but I think that’s enough to keep me occupied for now. 🙂 I’ll, of course, update whatever I read in my “I’m Reading” page.

What sorts of books do you like to read? In what ways are they magical for you? Do you have any books you’d like to read before the end of 2012? I’d love to hear!

~L.M.