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What did you love best about The Darkling Thrush?
Lanyon's lyrical descriptive writing.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Colin. An appealing mix of stubbornness and youthful hope.
What does Max Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His amazing, distinct vocal characterizations of all the characters in the book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, when Septimus, who has been assigned to kill Colin even though he loves him, says "I would do anything to save you."
Any additional comments?
The story is a heady brew of fairies, brownies, witches, humans with magical powers, an ancient monster from the Deep, Celtic legends, and magic spells. Of course, it’s also a suspenseful mystery and a romance. Lanyon places his story in the haunted, wind-swept isles off the northwest coast of Scotland, a location which inspires some of the best, most lyrical descriptive writing he has produced.
The story’s title is a reference to the poem of the same name by Thomas Hardy. Appropriately for the story, the poems last lines are:
“I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.”
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
When I began this book I was a bit unsure of what I had gotten myself into. I had to listen to the first chapter twice in order to get both a sense of the story as well as a back-story to some of the mystical characters involved. Additionally, the time frame of the story continues to elude me. As a huge fan of Josh Lanyon's, I was a bit surprised at the lack of back-story regarding the mystical...but I digress. With all that, I must admit that I did get into the story and enjoyed it a great deal. Colin's outlook was interesting and the whole thing with Septimus caught me off guard, which is always a good thing. Max Miller did a great job and added differing perspectives to the list of characters within the story. I do recommend, but if you are a bit uneducated to the mystical, you may need to prepare to listen very closely or perhaps twice. Good story...
6 of 6 people found this review helpful