fantasy · Short Stories

The Blue Salt Road – Joanne M. Harris ★★★★

Blurb; An earthly nourris sits and sings
And aye she sings, “Ba lilly wean,
Little ken I my bairn’s father,
Far less the land that he staps in.
(Child Ballad, no. 113)

So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.

Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

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

My Review; This is another I picked up because of its beautiful cover. This is the first book I have read by this author but luckily I picked up more by this author which I can’t wait to read.

This is a short story at just over 200 pages and can easily be read in one sitting. It has beautiful illustrations throughout making the story even more magical thanks to Bonnie Hawkins. The chapters are short and the story is brilliantly told.

It had me feeling all sorts of emotions throughout. My heart was with the sea and the animals in this story not the humans. Very cruel. But least we got a compromise in the end and a happy ending for all. Something very different for me again but I enjoyed it! I cannot wait to read more by this author.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Short, so perfect for those who don’t have much time.

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