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Very facinating, but I don't understand it one bit!,
This review is from: Fire and Hemlock (Paperback)Fire and Hemlock is one of the most intriguing and gripping books I have ever read, and one of the most confusing. I've read The Perilous Gard before so I am familar with the Tam Lin ballad, but I was confused from the start to beginning with this book. I read this book very fast, trying to find clues but I still don't understand.
Why does Tom Lynn play along with Polly's make believe games? What's all the mystery with Laurel? Why is the last part so confusing? A few of the hundred questions I want to ask. The "terrible" thing that Polly did -- even after reading the book I didn't catch it.
Maybe I just need to reread it again. Am I the only one who doesn't know what's going on in this book?!
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2009 09:54:59 BDT
S. Spence says:
Do you really ant to know? Here be spoilers : )
1. Tom "goes along with Polly's games" parly because he likes her, partly because he realises that she might be able to extracate him from the situation with Laurel.
2.Laurel is immortal, and consumes the souls of young men, her 'husbands'.
3.'The terrible thing Polly did'? She used magic to spy on Tom, and discovered him with Laurel, revealing to Laurel that Polly knows far too much, and is possibly going to save Tom. To save Polly from Laurel's anger Tom agrees to forget Polly, and to have the past 'wiped', which is where the story comes in.
I think you should read it again, it's such a great story.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2010 13:09:42 GMT
S. Spence hit the nail in the head. I was little when I first read the book. I knew it was magical but I didn't understand it totally.
I read it several times since and the more you read it the more you understand it. The mystery is the beauty of the book. I analysed it to death recently at a reading group session and found even more vital points.
Hope you do read it again - then you'll rate it 4 if not 5 star at least!
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