How are you all doing out there? Reading more?
For me it’s a time of rediscovering my creative writing mojo – I’ve finally begun The Five Kingdoms book #4 – yay!!! 2019 was such a horrendous year for me, I could only write non-fiction. I must be one of the few who can honestly say this coronavirus lockdown, if it had to happen at all, has actually come at the perfect time for me. I completed my move to the Scottish Highlands just a couple of weeks before this all started to kick in, and I really, really appreciate the downtime. I’m using it for unpacking/settling in/decorating/getting the wayward garden under control…
It’s also really easy to stay isolated – the only time we see anyone else is at the supermarket (rare visits) or when the postie comes, and the box is the other side of 2 gates. The only downside to living where we do (one and a half miles from the nearest village)
is that out internet is pre-historically slow, and with so many extra people using it at the moment, just about impossible right now 😦
So with that in mind, I managed to upload a review late last night to Goodreads, which thankfully comes complete with included thumbnail image, so here it is!
The fourth book in the Wake-Robin Ridge series is once again a terrific read. Rabbit is now settled in happily as Mac and Sarah’s son. He adores his baby sister, and continues to bring his wide-eyed innocence to everything he learns about modern life, without once losing his impeccable sense of morality.
This book begins with Rabbit’s request to view the phenomenon known as the Brown Mountain Lights (a real, as yet unexplained event), and what happens when one of the mysterious lights behaves oddly, and follows Rabbit home.
At first, it seemed like the villain was going to be motivationally similar to the previous book, but no, Meara sneakily misleads us about what’s really going on, while introducing Rabbit’s new friend and accomplice, Austin, and integrating the family yet further as a supportive unit that doesn’t back down from a challenge when the emotional stakes are high.
Once again, the author has blended mystery, murder, ghosts, folk lore, and reality into a coherent and enthralling story with real heart. As ever, it is beautifully told, and my only gripe is that now I’ve reached the end of the four books in this series (read back to back), I now have to wait for the next one to be written.