review by Maryom
After years of abuse from her father, Liga glimpses freedom when he dies, only to have her world shattered again. Liga is magically granted a way to move to a different world where everyone is pleasant and kind and no horrors lie in wait. Here she raises her two daughters Branza and Urdda. The two girls are totally different in appearance and personality - one is fair and quiet, happy in her mother's world; the other dark and adventurous and longing to explore beyond their haven.
Echoing the tale of Snow White and Rose Red with transformed men and
magical bears, Lanagan tells an astounding fantastical tale which explores the relationship between mothers and daughters - particularly the need of the latter to break free and live their own lives.
The beginning is a VERY difficult read and at times I did wonder where the story was going. I had been forewarned about this by fellow readers and told that once through this section the story lightened and really took off - and it did!
My only disappointment is in having taken so long to discover Margo Lanagan! I'm now off to discover more - The Brides of Rollrock Island comes highly recommended.
Maryom's review - 4.5 stars
Publisher - David Fickling Books
Genre - Teen, YA, fantasy, Crossover
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