And we think we have it bad when editing, people. Jen Minkman is a wonder. As if trying to correct your whoopsies wasn’t enough, this author converts all of her books from her native tongue of Dutch, to English. Imagine that. This lady deserves a big high five!
‘The world is never-ending.
I never realized just how much space there is – how far and wide the water around our island stretches out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I may have believed that a second Wall ran around Tresco, containing the infinite waters so we wouldn’t all wash over the edge and plummet down into the depths.’
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.
However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.
Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As with Jen Minkman’s previous books in this series, this is a lovely read full of whimsical ideas and interesting concepts.
If you have not read this series yet, I recommend that you do. This book expanded upon the previous novels, telling the tale from two different points of view and giving us a more in depth look at the life of the characters and exploring the different outcomes of the choices they made.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The setting is beautiful and descriptive and allows your imagination to wander lands that have been carefully crafted. An excellent conclusion to this series, there are unlikely heroes, and themes of sorrow, hope and redemption from places you wouldn’t expect. This author always has a surprise or two up her sleeve when you don’t foresee it coming.
One of the best things about this book, in my opinion, is the way the author can make you stop and think. We take for granted the things we know to be “fact,” often not stopping to question what we have been taught. The book that some of the people in this story follow would be fiction to us, but to them it is fact. I love the way she expanded upon this thought as the novel continued.
This book does have a more apparent religious theme than those that came before it, but I thought it was handled well.
Overall, this was a fantastic book to end a beautiful series. I recommend it.
This review is based on a review copy provided by the author. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.