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Forest of dreams: The Laylines trilogy

by Sophie Masson

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History and I have a rather sporadic relationship. Ancient Greeks (mythology as well) for a semester in high school, some WWI/WWII in another high-school semester, Australian colonial history as part of Social Science, and that's about it. I was deprived of the joys of a literary/history option at Uni, being intent on acquiring a piece of paper which would bequeath some form of 'employable' status, and Arts didn't (at the time) fall into that category, I'm sad to acknowledge.

So I tend to be a sucker for books which (pretend to - how can I judge?) have some historical basis and morph into fantasy (that way I don't feel guilty about not knowing the dates, names and famous places). In this case, not only has the author covered much of the Plantagenet history, but also contrived to introduce English/French animal mythology. Fundamentally the book is an historical fantasy romance and a coming-of-age, but with some intriguing elements that are a departure from the norm.

The book did drag in the middle (there's only so much history one can absorb, and I started to become a little bored with the Fox - more a reflection on me than the author), so I admit to having indulged in my usual practice of skimming chunks of text until my attenion was firmly re-hooked. It is a long read, but worthwhile for those of you who like decent prose, a heroine who develops, a look at history and European mythology, and reasonably well-structured plot/characters.

Aside: and it was another one that I picked up in an aeroport somewhere. ( )
  Scribble.Orca | Mar 31, 2013 |
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The omnibus edition of the Laylines trilogy, based on the life of Marie de France, poet, adventuress and lover of Richard the Lionheart.

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