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5.0 out of 5 stars A profoundly beautiful book,
The Land shows us the disharmony that can result when the Lands own story and truth is ignored and our own predilections are projected on to Her, or worse, away from Her. If you are at all moved to walk the way of and listen to our Ancestors, the spirits of Affalon, the Land of Britain, The Lady then this beautiful book will inspire you and tear you apart at the same time. If i could give it more than five stars i would. It really is that good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bardic Voices from the Mist...,
The richness wetness of the marshes, the barren sands of the desert, the sensation of heartbreak, the closeness of death... all are described so simply and yet so powerfully that you, as reader, are drawn in.
It's not an easy read, however. This books demands attention, presenting the experiences and various controversial ideas in such a way that you question your own beliefs, what you 'know' to be true. 'It's just a story' doesn't cut it here. You're taking part, questioning what decisions you would take as the characters do. Life is reflected in the tale, beliefs and feelings, far more than just the usual 'he did this' or 'she said that'.
As you invest, though, so you are rewarded. The story may be an old one, but it becomes so new, is made so real, that it's not even vaguely a 'fantasy'. Instead it holds a light up to a dark time, highlighting common lived human experience throughout history (and story), and creating a truly memorable book.
This has stayed with me, and I've already started reading it again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spellbinding,
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle read for a quiet day,
I'm not really sure how to sum up this book. I enjoyed it, that's for certain. But having finished it, I wasn't left with a feeling of elation, yet I wasn't left with a feeling of disappointment. It was more a feeling of, "that was nice".... Which is not a bad feeling to have at the end of a book.
4.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual read,
This review is from: The Apple and the Thorn (Tales of Avalon) (Kindle Edition)This is a great book if you are into Pagan and magical beliefs. It's fairly dark but feeds to imagination and great if you like tales based on historical fact ans supposition, I'd recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!,
This review is from: The Apple and the Thorn (Tales of Avalon) (Kindle Edition)I absolutely recommend this wonderful book. From the first chapter I found it hard to put down, I got so caught up in the story. I love Emma's work, and this is magickal, a beautiful book for start to finish!
4.0 out of 5 stars It was ok,
This review is from: The Apple and the Thorn (Tales of Avalon) (Kindle Edition)a nice quick read. I enjoyed it but am unlikely to read it again. I found the characters to be on the weak side, the story seemed unfinished to me.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apple and the Thorn,
This review is from: The Apple and the Thorn (Tales of Avalon) (Kindle Edition)What an amazing book! The words draw you into the shelter of the Mists as they tell you some part of the story of Vivian and Eosaidh. You will feel the words transform the story into a living being, told around the hearth fire by a Master Storyteller. The description of the Fires of Bel was oustanding. I was pulled into this and even now I can feel the words and ways in my soul. Put the effort in, read the book. You will be richly rewarded.
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The Apple and the Thorn (Tales of Avalon) by Walter William Melnyk