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I, Coriander Paperback – 5 Jun 2006
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What a delight! (Fiction Focus)
Beautifully written, completely absorbing ... Magical (The Book Magazine)
Brilliant descriptions, powerfully evoking the sounds and smells of London in the period and superbly drawn characters combine with a delicately constructed plot to make this book a real pleasure (Good Book Guide)
A beautifully written tale of suspense and intrigue (The Historical Novels Review)
Spellbinding (Haverhill Echo)
A very unusual, poetic tale (The Northern Echo)
An extraordinarily beautiful and gripping tale (The Times)
Enchanting (The Children's Bookseller)
Richly written, highly visual and full of accurate historical detail (Children's Education)
Gripping ... as vivd as Pepys' diary ... strikingly original ... a very special book indeed (School Librarian)
An original and enigmatic novel (The Spectator)
'completely engaging' (Jennifer Taylor THE BOOKSELLER)
'a beautifully written story. Sally Gardner has clearly researched the times and customs very well indeed for she had me transported back to that far off time. I would definitely recommend this book, told with such care and feeling.' (Muriel Barking NEW BOOKS)
'Beautifullly written, completely absorbing story... the author evokes the streets of London and the political upheavals of the day with compelling ease. (Christine Kidney THE BOOK MAGAZINE)
'will captivate readers with its riveting and detailed parallel storylines, its intriguingly drawn characters, and, above all, its engrossing first person narration' (Marla Arback YABOOKSCENTRAL.COM)
'the skillful writing sweeps through mid-seventeenth century London.' (SCHOOL LIBRARIAN)
'a thrilling story that mixes historic realism, credible characters and the dreamy, sometimes violent, dimension of a netherworld. The two blend seamlessly in this gripping and orginal story that abounds with gritty suspense. An excellent read.' (Mary Arrigan SUNDAY TRIBUNE)
'a book filled with enchantment and difference. You won't read many novels as beautifully written and as enthralling as this rich, spellibinding, new-off-the-black fairy tale.' (John Millen SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)
A glorious novel set in seventeenth-century London, and in the fairy world.See all Product description
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Personally, I am not a fan of fantasy writing. I find them cliched, which this proved to be by having the "evil queen." and, 'good vs. evil.' Despite this, I feel the author has brilliantly described the struggles in the real world- it is an excellent read and shows great effort and historical knowledge.
I recommend it for ages 11 +
The heroine Coriander, only child of a wealthy silk merchant and his fairy wife Eleanor, inherits from her dead mother her 'cunning' skills. She can diagnose and heal sickness using her mother's simples and herbs.
It is a delightful, beautifully constructed novel. It reads easily as it tells of the travails of the child Coriander stepping between life as the stepchild of a violent ranting Puritan Maud with her drunken preacher associate Arise Fell and her spells with the fairies as she struggles with the Fairy Queen Rosmore and her powerful raven for the soul of her mother and the life of the handsome Prince Tycho.
Sally Gardner is totally steeped in the period and brings it vividly to life. All her characters seem to have a life of their own and continued living for me long after I finished the book.
'I,Coriander' partially recalled Celia Rees 'Witchchild'for me and also 'The Wise Woman' by Philippa Gregory (set in Tudor England) both novels are concerned with 'witchcraft'using simples and herbs. However 'I, Coriander' uses a gentler form of magic although the fairies themselves are malevolent and vengeful.
Sally Gardner draws some delightful full-blooded characters especially Coriander herself, Hester, Gabriel and Master Thankless. She is clever too at delineating some revolting villains especially the mean-spirited, violent tempered Maud and the fanatical, serve-serving Puritan preacher Arise Fell. It is a strong story well-told and kept me so absorbed I read it at a sitting being unwilling to put it down until evil was vanquished but to learn how you must read the book yourself.I strongly recommend this thoroughly absorbing read.
This is just one of the many mesmerizing quotes filling Sally Gardner's book, "I, Coriander". Apart from being mesmeric the book has many other key elements, such as it being: tense, exciting, scary, and emotional.
The story is about a young girl called Coriander Hobie who lives with her Mother, Father, Danes (the house keeper) and Joan (the cook) in their rich London house next to the River Thames in the mid 1600's. While she was young, Coriander remembers only happiness - that was before she knew that the world was an evil place; and that she was soon to be hit regularly; have her Mother and Father stolen from her; and to be locked up in a chest and left to die.
As well as being a good book, it also has some background information about the civil war, as that was the time the story was set. There are also some drawings of what London used to look like back in the 1600's.
If this sounds like a cruel book to you don't get put off, there are many happy parts along the way. However there is quite a lot of brutality so I suggest no one under the age of 10 should read it.
If you love a good read then this is the book for you. There isn't a single page I wanted to skip because it's such a moving and entrancing book. Who would want to miss anything so good?
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