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  • The Radiant Road
  • Katherine Catmull
  • English
  • 08 June 2019
  • 9780525953470

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The Radiant Road

Clare Macleod has lived all her life with an awareness of the Strange tales of fairies and magic making told to her by her mother who died years ago No longer a child Clare has learned to suppress the magic that haunted the corners of her lif This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeI have mixed feelings about this book Young adult fantasy with a fairies? I was ready to love it and I thought it started out really strong but everything started to fizzle out for me as the book progressed I liked the overall story but I had a lot of trouble connecting with the writing style I really wanted to see where things were going in the story but I found that I kept checking how much I had left to read like I was eager for it to be over Clare and her father return to their home in Ireland after spending the past several years in the United States Clare was born in the house as were her ancestors on her mother's side of the family The house is uniue with open windows dirt floors and a huge yew tree growing in the center of the home Clare's mother died before they left the country originally so it is just her and her father She soon starts to rediscover all of the things that her mother had taught her about the strange and finds herself pulled into the world of the faeI was really sucked into the story as Clare started to piece everything together but as the plot really got moving I found that the writing style overpowered the story There were some elements of the story that could have used a little definition such as the totem and the balance between the human and fairy worlds I found that I was often reading passages a second time trying to figure out what I had missed I would have liked to dig a little deeper into the world of faerie to learn about their world and get to know some of the characters better Some very interesting characters were introduced but then were uickly gone such as the beast and the girl from the yew tree I did really like the underlying connection between Clare and the yew tree Clare did seem to accept her new reality very uickly and was than willing to try to make things better I never developed any kind of connection with Clare and never felt truly invested in the story I was actually uite thrilled that this story did not have a focus on romance The conclusion to the story was well done and I felt like everything was really wrapped up uite nicelyI would recommend this book to fantasy fans looking for a book written in poetic style This is the first book by Katherine Catmull that I have had a chance to read but I would definitely be open to other works by this author I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group Dutton Books for Young Readers via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest reviewInitial ThoughtsMeh I didn't care for this book I came really close to not finishing it but stayed with it until the end


E to say the word “fairy” with the appropriate disbelief But after years of living in America Clare and her father are returning to Ireland to the house Clare was born in a house built into a hillside with an ancient tree for a wall For C Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A melodic lush story overflowing with Irish folkloreOpening Sentence Clare was a strange girl solitary and shyThe ReviewClare Macledod is not an ordinary girl She grew up in a home within an immense yew tree only one of the generations of girls to be born into the legacy After the death of her mother she and her father has traveled the globe not putting down roots not staying anywhere too long But it’s time for them to return Clare’s visions of the Strange unexplainable fairy magic makings cannot be pushed aside any longer and she must discover her heritage to defeat a dark foe that threatens than her worldThis novel was written in a way that I almost can’t describe I found the prose to be melodic musical absolutely gorgeous I could compare it to Lainey Taylor’s style – an odd haunting diction I hadn’t read any of Catmull’s previous works before starting this novel so I was altogether a blank slate but I was impressed by how uniue her writing style was It weaves together all the elements of your regular YA fantasy but somehow makes them rich and lush than one could expect The setting the characters the symbols all were eclectic and odd and beautifulClare was the main character of this novel and I adored her from the ways she differed from the cookie cutter YA heroine Despite the magic and the fae that crowded the pages of this novel Clare and her companions seemed incredibly realistic and altogether relatable She has doubts she has flaws she makes mistakes – some much worse than others But she picks up she moves on she grows Watching her develop was a lot of fun After all she started by trying to reject the Strange but by the end of the story she has embraced and used itTo be honest I thought that Clare’s development and the characters overshadowed the main plotline at times which I actually wasn’t bothered by The antagonist Balor was introduced pretty much off the bat and as terrifying as he was written to seem I often got lost in Clare’s learning of the fae world and forgot what was really at stake It was sometimes hard to truly grasp certain concepts of this story – the totem the making the beasts – but you learn to just roll with it If you don’t think about it too hard than everything makes perfect senseAltogether I think this novel was breathtaking and a lot of fun to read Every time I read a book I will mark pages that I think have particularly meaningful or well done passages for the “notable scene” in the review Usually I end up with one or two at most but this novel was so crowded with bookmarks that in the end I just chose one at random I liked how the romance of this book didn’t overcome the plot or the development truth be told it was a very minor part of the story My only minor complaint was I thought Balor could have been given couple sides to his character or attention to his backstory Nevertheless all the characters were interesting and complex and the plotline itself was entirely its own which can be hard to find in novels these days Lovers of Daughter of Smoke and Bone I encourage you to give this one a tryNotable SceneAs she slept the rain swirled protectively around this gate and the stones cradled her close to the earth She never knew that the portentous wind had said “your enemy comes” or that the rushing rain had saved her She never knew how less than a thousand yards away Balor had stood in a muddy field rain pouring down the back of his neck cursing; how he had turned back Clare was pursued but the world bent itself to foil her pursuerFTC Advisory Dutton Books for Young ReadersPenguin provided me with a copy of The Radiant Road No goody bags sponsorships “material connections” or bribes were exchanged for my review

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Lare the house is not only full of memories of her mother but of the Strange and a mysterious boy with raven dark hair and of dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic In this place magic both bright and dark will not sit uietly in a corne Honestly I still can't tell you exactly how I felt about this book There were things I really liked about it particularly the poetry and imagery that went into describing the magical aspects of the story things that were alright the characters and things that I found a little off putting the pace It's definitely not a book for everyone though that's for sure It's the type of read meant for a specific sort of reader

About the Author: Katherine Catmull

I'm a writer and actor in Austin TX I also sometimes write for the Austin Chronicle act on stage in various Austin venues and do The Radiant ePUB ✓ voice work for games like DC Universe Online Oracle and Wizard Myrella Windspar.