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A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M Harris

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Publisher: Orion Publishing
Publication date: 19 October 2017

An advanced copy was kindly provided by the publisher.

Publisher Synopsis:

I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.

(The Child Ballads, 295)

So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.

Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.

Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.

My Chronicle Book Box Review:

This book was included in the November 2017 Science Fiction and Fantasy My Chronicle Book Box.

This is a dark fairy tale of love and revenge; perfect for a dark autumnal evening close to Halloween. Enjoy under a blanket and light a candle.

While it is a novella, the edition I read was still a good 284 pages and had a stunning black and gold cover, though no illustrations. The story surrounds one of the fairy folk and her ill-fated relationship with William, the son of the local Lord. She is free in a way no human is and has no name until William gives her one. By naming her he tethers her to him and the human world but Malmuira, as he calls her, is content with this so long as she has William’s love. However, it does not look good for the couple when William’s father returns to the castle and forbids the relationship.

This is well written, as one would expect from Joanne M Harris; it is dark, rich, intense and has an ending that takes the reader deeper into the cyclical themes of witchcraft and folklore.

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