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This book kept me interested right up to the end trying to figure out what was going to happen. There were some parts that I found confusing, but that could very well be because a lot of British terminology is used and I am not familiar with it. I was actually a little surprised that I enjoyed the book at all seeing as it differs greatly from my normal fantasy read, but the passion of the author for the story was obvious and that is always a good thing.
The more Nick stays with Alice, the more he comes under her enchantment; as they visit the various ancient landsites, he experiences brief moments of displacement; he neglects his studies, his friends, anything distracting him from his obsession. Assaults by an unseen assailent, more lapses of memory, Len's moments of public madness--all head toward a culmination in which some or perhaps none will survive as an ancient force once more weaves its spell upon those living in the present.
MY OPINION: This is the best novel Linda Acaster has written so far! Coached in lyrical, almost poetically descriptive language, it leaps from one character to another with a speed that's dazzling and almost frenetic in its haste to convey their points of view. Though the classifications and terms of the British university system were a bit confusing, this was a minor obstacle to the story and the vivid descriptions made the countryside and the various Celtic sites come alive. Sad, haunting, even poignant, the characters of Nick, his beloved Alice, and Leonard are finely drawn to make us care about them. It's an enchanting story which leaves it up to the reader to decide if it's simply a story of obsession and psychological breakdown or if there are forces outside our present niche in Time which are trying to break through. It would make an eerie, unforgettable film. This is the first in a series of three novels concerning the adventures of student Nicholas Blaketon, and I personally can't wait for the others.
Rugby playing - and at times loutish - Nick is the archetypal Celtic warrior without a battle to fight so plays the game as a form of proxy warfare. Alice is the unobtainable and mystically alluring repository of much desire and need even familiar in Celtic-Norse mythology, sort of Deirdre of the Sorrows and Norn weaving the fates of another but in the process weaving her own fortune.
Set in the University of Hull (second only to Cambridge!) the two meet as students who have polarities regarding their attitudes to learning but a mysterious link from their past reunites them in this very well crafted story.
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