Friday, February 5, 2016

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Title: The Radiant Road
Author: Katherine Catmull
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Source: Publisher

I have a fondness for stories that take place in Ireland.  It is a place that I wish to some day visit.  So until I can actually make it there, I like visiting through books.

This book didn't disappoint me whatsoever.  While I read it, I could imagine the beautiful scenery.  I wanted to live in Clare's underground one giant room house where one wall is comprised entirely of a giant ancient tree.  I could imagine myself standing in the rolling green fields watching the ocean waves crashing against the shore.

In short, the imagery for The Radiant Road was very well done.

The Radiant Road is a fairytale.  It took me a while to realize that though.  At first I just thought that the narrative was a little strange to read.  Then at some point it clicked.  It is supposed to be reading as if there is a storyteller making (reading the story will make that term make sense to you!) a story and sharing it with you.  Even though I was very used to the narrative by the time I came to this realization, the realization increased my appreciation and understanding of this story.  I mean, I don't know about you, but for me a weird narrator can make it hard for me to really get into a book.

So you might be wondering at this point what The Radiant Road is actually about.  And, my friends, that is a difficult question to answer.  However, in short, it is about Clare MacLeod, who is the protector of the tree - a piece of the Strange as she calls it.  This is hard for her to swallow, as she has been running from the Strange all her life.  It has made her different and an outcast as her father and her have moved around.

There is a whole lot more to the story, but I really want you to read it, to experience it how I got to.  I don't want to ruin the storytellers making by giving too much of it away.

Overall, I found this story beautiful.  It made me want to create and make.  It also made me wish I could travel to the land of Faerie.

My Rating
4 Stars

This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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