On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other: Neverness, Folk is a collection of tales circling the lives of one generation, those coming of age. Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. In other tales a girl is snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair, a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. While the villagers live out their own tales, enchantment always lurks, blighting and blessing in equal measure.
Judging from the blurb this was so far up my street it’s practically my house!I was champing at the bit to read it! But then I put it down halfway through and just couldn’t talk myself into picking it up again.
Gilbert builds a sinister atmosphere better than most, every tale I read was dark and dank with a primitive sinuousness. However, the characters were too primitive, each seemed to be out only for themselves – believable, as they were teens, but tedious to read. Characters that care only for themselves are difficult to care for.
Gilbert’s skills as a writer means I will look at whatever she produces next, but I’m not so sure I would jump up and snatch it so quickly.
NB I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review. The BookEaters always write honest reviews.