Monday, June 9, 2014

Crying in Colour - Sally Sorrell

George definitely got off at the wrong bus-stop. Either that, or he's having a really bizarre dream. Probably both, as he wakes up in a tree with two strangely-dressed men staring up at him.
Crying in Colour is a story about modern Brit George, who lands in this medieval land one might hear about in old tales. This story combines medieval fantasy with modern wit. George plays the straight man to Lord Farley and his hodge podge crew: Oberon, the voluntary servant to Farley; Chancy, the long-haired, beautiful gentleman with an aversion to violence and bloodshed; Mackerel, a jack of all trades and his younger brother Koi; and Benjee, an Australian woman. This unlikely group bands together on a quest to find the magical Tear-Stone.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

What's fun about this book is that it's a quite modern way of storytelling, but it keeps the fun and wonder of a historic fantasy that is in no way historically accurate. It was interesting and often funny to see George so far removed from his home in England and being forced to interact with Lord Farley and company, who are ardent about the existence of magic, of chivalry and of quests. An interesting spin to the story is that the author is a character in the story. They only speak to George and occasionally send down notes from the sky. At first I thought it was a bit awkward and like reading a fanfiction in which the writer interrupts the story midstory to talk to the characters, but I very quickly got used to the banter between George and the author, and the ending makes the author's frequent appearance into the story make sense.

It was a fun, short, read. To be honest, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but by the end I had really grown to care about all of the characters and felt a bit empty when I had finished it.

I really enjoyed reading it and I would highly recommend reading it. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find Crying in Colour here.

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