New year, new list of lush, atmospheric, and lyrical books.
Maddeningly beautiful, I loved the lushness and richness of A Fierce and Subtle Poison. Beautifully written, as wild as the islands, and as mystical as a witch.
What I enjoyed a lot of the story is the main character, Tea, has powerful skills, so powerful she raises her dead brother from the grave without realizing it, and yet though people celebrate her, they also turn their backs on her.
It had a fairy tale feel to it, something atmospheric in a sense, that made reading it not feel like a child’s tale, but more a cozy story you’d sit next to a fire while listening to it being told to you.
Baba Yaga had that distinct, gritty feel to her words, as you would expect, but with that wise grandmother feel I'd want her to embody. It was a perfect read, and a timely one, on being your own woman, Baba Yaga style.
Folkloric and atmospheric, The Bone Houses was one of the better books I've read this year.
I love atmosphere. Something about the feel of a place and the characters who live there draws me in and holds me tight in its grasp. There doesn't have to be dread, just mood and...atmosphere.
Silver in the Wood is a woodsy folktale that harkens to the old gods and mischievous fae.
Lyrical books are becoming more and more popular in recent years, with their captivating prose and lush atmosphere.
Ivory and Bone is an Ice Age retelling of Pride and Prejudice.