Friday, September 21, 2012

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

genre: young adult

On Rollrock Island you will find a witch who can do an astonishing thing: she can magic a woman from out of the skin of a seal.  Well, she CAN do that for you, for a price. And the men of Rollrock Island are prepared to pay that price - any price - for an enchanting woman from the waves.  No one (but the witch) can imagine the implications of this turn of events.

I picked this up knowing nothing about it - I just thought the cover was beautiful and I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about this story.  On the one hand, I know it is rather genius.  Not only lyrically written but the idea itself, of a whole town under a kind of a spell of their own making, was beautifully executed.  Somehow, though, it sort of bored me.  Maybe it just took too long to tell? There were a few minutes that really captured me but sometimes it felt like a lot of words to tell me not-that-much story.

I can't say it's not worth reading - I appreciated that through various islanders we delved into the minds and hearts of those who were affected by the sea-women. The ending left me feeling a little empty but not so annoyed that I wouldn't try another by this author. 

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