Sunday, January 17, 2016
REVIEW: Daughter of the Drackan: Book 1 of Gyenona's Children
I had to give it a day before writing this review for this new Dark Fantasy by Kathrin Hutson. It's rare when a story eats at me to not only read it nonstop until I reached the end, but continue to force myself to remember to "sip and not gulp" it in its entirety. And that's how this masterpiece should be read; nice and slow in order to take in all the imagery, the well developed characters, the background scenery and the nooks and cranny that is the Daughter of the Drackan.
Hutson's ability to thread words together to bring to life a tale of courage, discovery, loss, love and death, in ways only true master storytellers can, is...well, I have no word for it. Words such as amazing, outstanding, brilliant...are trivial and doesn't come close to describe her writing. I couldn't put the book down, and when I had no choice, the story nagged at me constantly until I was able to return. The characters, those of human and drackan kind, are vivid and full of colors. Their fears, needs, wants, joy and frustration become yours and you will find disconnecting with them a difficult task.
You will discover Keelin and how she came to be raised by an elderly drackan. When she begins to have blackouts that she can't explain, the world of man pulls at her to find her answers. Her loyalty is tested, her fear becomes her strength. She becomes divided. In the world of drackan she is Keelin, in the world of man she is Kaht-Amvir. Two different women, one body and soul.
Keelin's story is a complex one, but is expertly told with ease. Her's is a story well captured and should be released over and over again by many. Ms. Hutson is a true storyteller.
There is a preview of the sequel included at the end that is so tantalizingly delicious and insanely cruel I wanted to reach out and strangle the storyteller. Well played, Ms. Hutson, well played.
This is a great read and I highly recommend it. Click on the book cover and it will take you directly to its Amazon page.
Until the next time, good reading to all!