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This if the first post from author, songwriter and book reviewer Kevin Cooper and this week one of his insightful book reviews.
Fawn by Nash Summers
Heaven is rays of sunlight dancing slowly on wheat stalks. It’s wind twirling itself around chimes hung from low tree branches, and robust bursts of scent and color, far beyond anything describable with words.
Heaven is a flightless crow, a promise of forever tied to a necklace, and hidden love letters tucked away safely inside a tree.
Heaven is a fire-haired boy named Rust and his love for Ancel, a boy full of storm clouds.
Heaven is all the tiny threads of hope that hold them together.
Review: I found myself captivated while reading a sample of this work and simply had to read more not knowing that it was a romance between two persons of the same gender… Rust and Ancel. At first, I thought Rust was a girl, which upon reflection revealed how shallow my own expectations of a person’s nature can be. And why could Rust not be a boy? is what I had to ask myself. I like it when an author can challenge my natural thought processes making me pause to reflect.
The language of the book is simple and the story is presented by both Rust and Ancel from their own unique perspectives. The work is beautifully penned and the metaphorical quality has the reader entranced by Rust’s connection to nature which parallels the relationship between Rust and Ancel. Each character holds at bay a whirlwind of emotions which they are afraid to reveal but nevertheless can barely contain as the fire within them for each other rages… The relationship, while mostly distant, is intense.
So why a four-star rating? First of all, I found the chapter headings confusing. Now, this is an easy fix and by itself would not drop my rating from a five-star. From the beautiful way this work is penned should have warranted five-stars, but what spoiled it was that sometimes, I wasn’t sure who was speaking. The voices of both Rust and Ancel sounded too similar. Changing the chapter headings to Rust, and Ancel would solve some of the confusion. But I think Ancel could have had a stronger and more rough sounding voice. This would have made five-stars for me all day long. Had this been the case, It would have been one of the most beautiful pieces of prose I had ever read for it truly is beautifully penned.
©Kevin Cooper 2019
About Kevin Cooper
Kevin Cooper is an eclectic author & songwriter. His works are multifarious. He has published fantasy, sci-fi, memoirs and drama in the form of novels, novellas, short stories, poetry and song.
Some of KC’s major influences in literature are JRR Tolkien, Philip Pullman, C.S Lewis, Terry Brooks, and J.K Rowling.
KC was born in Hull, England. At 21 years of age, he moved to the USA where he first attended Western Kentucky University, but transferred to Asbury College where he graduated with a BA in Psychology. He then attended Asbury Theological Seminary for a couple of years before moving to Arizona where he enrolled at the Grand Canyon University, obtained a research fellowship and graduated with a M.Ed. His career in education spanned from tutor to teacher, to college lecturer. He later changed careers and went into management working for The Hertz Corporation. After almost twenty years living and working in the USA, he returned to England where his worked in the NHS for several years before giving up work to care for his wife, and focus on his writing and music.
A selection of books by Kevin Cooper
A recent review for The Wizard, The Girl, and The Unicorn’s Horn: The Chronicles of Geo Book One
An ancient evil power is encroaching on the world of Geo, blanketing the land in shadow and stealing villagers. The story tracks the daring adventures of three groups, two off to destroy the shadow, and one simply trying to survive. They all ultimately come together for a final battle.
One narrative follows the wizard, the protector of Geo. He joins with some rambunctious goblins who lead him through the mountain’s tunnels to Land’s End, the barren home of the shadow and its packs of demon wargs (wolf-like creatures). At the same time, Elyysa, a young girl with a magical past, allies with Geo’s wise trolls who collect tolls at the many bridges. She too heads for Land’s End and carries with her a powerful unicorn horn. The third narrative focuses on the villagers who find themselves swept up by the shadow and stranded in a cave. They must make their way through dangerous passageways to the surface.
The story is simply told with a steady pace and vocabulary that a middle-grade student would be able to handle … but there is quite a bit of tragedy in the caves, including the deaths of children and families, and significant violence during the warg attacks. For these reasons, I’d steer this read to mature middle-graders, preteens, and young teenagers who enjoy a fantastical tale of adventure and can deal with the scary and sad moments. (My 7-year-old grandson couldn’t handle it, but grammy enjoyed it!)
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My thanks to Kevin for sharing this review with us and I do recommend you head over to enjoy browsing through his archives and book reviews.. thanks Sally.