Synopsis: I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.
(The Child Ballads, 295)
So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.
Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.
My review: What a lovely little book. I actually read it in a couple of hours one lazy Sunday morning. The synopsis says it all really. Based on the poem ‘The Child Ballads’ this is a lovely poetic piece of writing weaving folklore and nature into one beautiful piece of prose. The young girl (not named as naming means taming) is a wild child living in the forest who finds a love token for the local lords son. Taking it, she then stops the boy from being trampled by his horse, falling in love with him and he with her. Or so she thinks. Bitterly betrayed by him she sets about getting her life back and seeking revenge on all who have hurt her.
One of the things I enjoyed most were the times when the girl leaves her body to go travelling in the bodies of local animals. How she sees the world through their eyes, whether soaring above in the sky or scuttling around the castle listening for gossip. You are taken along with every step of the girls journey. It really is magnificent. One of my new favourites by this author.
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Released 17th Oct 2017