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The Silver Bough Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012
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'a cleverly written piece of fantasy fiction that manages to be creepy, gripping, charmingly upbeat and romantic, all at the same time' The Times. (The Times)
'If you are looking for something different, with a little bit of history and a little bit of magic then this is the book for you' Book Chick City. (Book Chick City)
'the work of a writer at the height of her powers' Guardian. (Guardian)
'This skilful weaving of old folk traditions with modern urban myth makes The Silver Bough a fascinating, wistful and intriguing tale that cannot fail to satisfy any lover of fantasy' Piper at the Gates of Fantasy. (Piper at the Gates of Fantasy)
'a loveliness of both enthusiasm and complexity' Scotland on Sunday. (Scotland on Sunday)
'Tuttle has a keen eye for details of place and a sympathetic ear for the nuances of her characters' moods' SFX. (SFX)
'a beautifully crafted novel that leads you seamlessly from the real world into the otherworld' undiscoveredscotland. (undiscoveredscotland)
Lush with the romance and allure of ancient traditions: a modern-day fairy- tale for the growing urban fantasy market.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
Tuttle's story takes quite a while to get going. There are a lot of characters introduced at the beginning, some of them more intriguing than others. Personally, I thought the writing was at its best when Tuttle was directly encorporating the myth and legends of apples into her work. But, disappointingly, although the book is meant to have the golden apple at its heart, this seemed to feature infrequently within the book. By page 300, only two characters are actually aware of the apple growing. And, despite Tuttle using small snippets of folklore, these are not enough to carry the story along satisfactorily.
It was such a shame. I truly thought I was going to be in for a magical read. Ultimately, although the idea was there, the follow through was not. The story was disappointing and the characters easily forgettable.
Her output has a variety of themes and in this novel she explores connections between places, people and time.
It would be a sin to give away any of the plot but if you want something totally out of the ordinary, brilliant and imaginative with an undertone of concealed menace this is for you.
Splendidly well written, beautifully prose and skilfully plotted with characters that come to life this book could change forever the way you think about apples.