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The White Forest: A Novel

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

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    Enchanting! The White Forest is a mystery wrapped in the supern

    Enchanting!

    The White Forest is a mystery wrapped in the supernatural set in Victorian London. It's also the story of Jane Silverlake. As the book description notes, Jane can see the souls of objects. Why this is and its significance are unknown. Jane's only two friends are either afraid of Jane's disease (Maddy) or fascinated and obsessed by her talent (Nathan).

    Much of the information about Jane, Maddy and Nathan are given in a series of flashbacks of various sorts related by Jane, who is the narrator. These are interwoven into the fabric of the story. Overall I found it a very effective way to communicate the genesis and changing quality of the relationships between Maddy, Jane and Nathan. The flashbacks also provided hints to the Empyrean and Jane's talent.

    I really enjoyed The White Forest. The style of writing is beautiful. At times I felt like I was caught in a forbidding Gothic dream. The descriptive prose is often sumptuous. The novel starts off slowly but builds intensity as it reaches its crescendo. The mythology and supernatural elements in The White Forest are inventive and well-constructed. The Victorian London setting forms an ideal backdrop for the events in the story.

    Jane is an odd character. If not for Maddy she never would have ventured from her home. Jane does not seem to understand the world in many ways. There are very good reasons for this. Nathan's disappearance is the catalyst for the events in the novel. We get to know him primarily through the flashback sequences since in the present of the story he is missing. Maddy again is only seen through the filter of Jane's eyes. There are times that she is an unsympathetic character (at least from Jane's point of view).

    The supporting cast of Inspector Vidocq, Ariston Day, Maddy' mother, Nathan's mother and others serve pivotal roles in the story. Each push Jane forward in their ways to an ending that surprised.

    Bottom Line: I was enchanted by The White Forest. It is an atmospheric feast of the supernatural, exceptional mythology, Gothic chills, and mystery.

    (Originally posted at The Qwillery)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Good book

    At first it starts off a little slow and you almost feel at times like you don't know what is going on and then as the book continues, the characters develop more and more. Then you reach a point in the book where you just can't stop reading since you want to find out what is going to happen next. I found it to have a similar feel to it like "The Night Circus."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Gothic, dreamy, enchanting and beautifully written. I absolutel

    Gothic, dreamy, enchanting and beautifully written. I absolutely recommend!

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    Posted November 24, 2012

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