Narration: Susan Duerden
pardon the tone of this review; I'm still in the moody mental state this story
This book sucked me in, but I'm not entirely sure why. It wasn't
necessarily action packed or fraught with danger or suspense, romance or
excitement. I think it may have been the mood of the story. I listened to the
audio book, and it felt like listening to a folktale by firelight. It was a
puzzle I tried to put together as I listened. I managed to match up a few of the
pieces on my own, but it wasn't until the end that everything clicked; Franny
Billingsley gave just enough clues that when all was revealed, the reader wasn't
left wondering at how everything fit.
The audio reader had an elegant
voice that made listening a pleasure. I wonder how I would have liked it if I
read the story from the page rather than listening to it, how that would have
changed my response. I'm honestly not sure.
One last thought: I'm not
certain the cover of the book matched the style of the story. I think the cover
art is lovely, but it gives the expectation of something edgier. If I'd had my
druthers, I would have gone for a moodier, more whimsical cover art, something
with flowing hair or mysterious landscape.