The Shadow Catcher (Daughters of Eden Trilogy 1) Paperback – 2002
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However it didn't take anything away from the enjoyment. Hope Michelle Paver will have more adult books ...31 July 2014
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Read numbers 2 and 3 of the Eden trilogy before ordering this one as they were the only ones available from my library. However it didn't take anything away from the enjoyment. Hope Michelle Paver will have more adult books published soon about these exotic places. She really brings the settings and characters to life with her fantastic descriptive writing.
6 June 2005
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I read this, and The View From the Hills, because I loved Paver's children's novel so much. It's good - several cuts above the usual historical fiction, closest in feel to early Susan Howatch. The plot grips you from the first page, and the characters are sympathetic if predictable. Madeleine, the heroine, is first seen as a terrified but resourceful child helping her abandoned mother Rose give birth alone in a freezing house to the little sister she didn't want. Both are illegitimate, and when Rose dies in childbrith this is a huge stain on them as Victorian girls left without means and at the mercy of a grim relation. It isn't until Madeline enters into a hopeless marriage with a cousin and man of the cloth that she returns to Jamaica, and the plot really hots up with witchcraft, attempted murder and more. What is especially enjoyable is Paver's feeling for place, and for the exotic flora and fauna of the island as well as its inhabitants. It's this side which she developed in her marvellous forest of Bronze Age man...A most interesting imagination if a bit too predictable as far as adults are concerned. By far the best writing in the book comes right at the start, with Madeline's snowy ride through the forbidden grounds of a nearby forest.
24 August 2013
Having really enjoyed Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother series as a family, we got The Shadow Catcher as an audio book but were not captured at all by the story and did not finish listening to it. It is not written in the wonderful lyrical style of Wolf Brother; the story is gloomy and depressing, feels contrived and the characters just did not engage us. We are aged 54, 16 and 12. Sorry.
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