Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Winter Rose

I so thought I would like this. I normally like fantasy and I've heard some really good things about Patricia McKillip. Alright, I heard those things about Solstice Wood, but I saw Winter Rose in a used bookstore and took a chance.

I liked how the author's use of language created this magical world. It actually felt magical. The main character of Rois fit in there perfectly - she didn't care much about the everyday and longed to spend her time outdoors, in the forest. She also saw what others couldn't - such as figures in the wind and in the water.

I also liked how the imagery of winter was used and juxtaposed with the actual winter, hard for a rural and isolated community.

But I guess I just couldn't get into the story. I found myself looking forward to finishing and not really caring about what happened to Rois or her sister.

Have you read this or anything else by this author? What did you think? Maybe I just didn't get it?

Challenges: Mythopoeic Challenge, Genre Challenge


Ana S. said...

That's too bad. I haven't read this yet, but it's been on my wishlist for ages. The only thing I've read by McKillip so far were short stories, and I enjoyed those. Hopefully next year I'll get to her novels at last. Anyway, sorry that this one didn't work for you! I've recentlyt read another review of it recently, and I thought I'd give you the link in case you're interested :)

Ana S. said...

er, remove that extra "recently" :P

joanna said...

Thanks Nymeth, I went and checked it out, it's an interesting review. I guess the confusing parts of the book simply didn't work for me, despite the beautiful use of language... I'll try another!

marineko said...

Hi Joanna - thanks for visiting :) I've only read two of McKillip's works, and enjoyed both of them, but I definitely prefer "Alphabet of Thorn" to "Winter Rose." So I hope that this one didn't discourage you from trying out the rest!

joanna said...

hi marineko, i've never heard of that one, thanks for the suggestion!