Emma Pass, author of Author of 'ACID', Random House
'A roistering romp, with darker undercurrents... Intriguing characters in a setting both familiar and different'
Francis Knight, author of 'Fade to Black', Orbit publishing
'...another excellent addition to Joanne Hall's rapidly growing collection of published works.'
Robert Harkess, author of 'Aphrodite's Dawn', Salt Publishing.
'With characters real enough to touch and a storyline that tugs on the heartstrings . . . a tale that will linger long after the pages close.'
A young boy leaves his village to become a cavalryman with the famous King's Third regiment; in doing so he discovers both his past and his destiny.
Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit stationed in the harbour town of Northpoint. His training reveals his talents and brings him friendship, love and loss, and sexual awakening; struggling with his memories of his father who once ruled there, he begins to discover a sense of belonging. That is, until a face from the past reveals a secret that will change not only Rhodri's life but the fate of a nation. Then, on his first campaign, he is forced to face the extremes of war and his own nature.
This, the first part of The Art of Forgetting, is a gripping story about belonging and identity, set in a superbly imagined and complex world that is both harsh and beautiful.
Part Two, Nomad, coming soon...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Abrupt ending left me hanging Bingaux
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Take the stories of knights on horseback, armies defending the Queen, and those crusader-type stories from the 11th and 13th centuries, now place them in another world and you have The Art of Forgetting. Rhodri is a young boy, found in the woods, who no one quite knows what to think of. He has a perfect memory, but the people are scared of him, so life in his village is rough. Enter the King's Third army troop and Rhodri's life is about to change forever. You follow him as he joins the army, trains, and becomes a good solider. Watch as he makes new friends, grows, and creates a relationship with someone much older than himself. Joanne Hall does a wonderful job of writing so that you forget this takes place on another world for the most part; it could be the story of anyone of the 11th to 13th centuries. Joanne Hall is a wonderful writer and has done a beautiful job in crafting a fantasy story that almost feels like a historical novel. The Art of Forgetting is set on another world, with two moons; yet for most of the book you almost forget that, focusing solely on the army life of this young boy and his friends. If you like the adventures of the crusaders, the bravery of the knights, and romance of the early centuries, then you will enjoy this novel. It brings all those elements together, places them on another world, and adds some modern romantic situations to make for a compelling new novel.