- Copertina flessibile: 418 pagine
- Editore: Black Wraith Books (20 settembre 2011)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 098776120X
- ISBN-13: 978-0987761200
- Peso di spedizione: 454 g
Wormwood (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 20 set 2011
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D. H. Nevins earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. As a teacher, she had spent years encouraging students to write before she decided to follow her own advice. Two years later, she published “Wormwood.” She lives in a rural part of Ontario full of forests and lakes, and incorporates her personal experiences and beautiful scenery into her works.
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I've tried not to give too much away, but if you don’t even like to read the blurb on the back cover before launching into a book, I recommend you go read Wormwood, then come back and see it you agree with me.
The burgeoning popularity of the apocalyptic fantasy is a fairly recent phenomenon. The end of the world might come in the form of a disease, a meteor, a disease brought to earth by a meteor, a global nuclear exchange, economic collapse, social collapse, economic and social collapse brought on by the majority of the population being turned into zombies (possibly the introduction of a meteor-borne disease), alien invasion, super-volcano, ancient Mayan prophesy, sentient technology, or vampires.
Wormwood takes a different path. A young hiking-guide leading a group of corporate-types on a team-building weekend, breaks away from the group for a hour’s respite, and stumbles upon a rather sullen, brooding, terribly good-looking you man at her favourite sunset-facing lookout, seemingly bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders. After a brief conversation, the young man thanks her for helping him come to terms with something that that he has no control or authority over but that he must do regardless.
Fast track to ten years later; Kali – our heroine – is hiking through the same national park when the world begins to erupt around her. As she makes for the higher ground of the lookout everything around her undulates, courses and plummets, the landscape convulsing. And as she reaches the summit, a familiar figure presides over the destruction; Tiamat, the young man with she met a decade before. The one contemplating the unpleasant task he must undertake.
While Ms Nevins story is at once an epic apocalyptic fantasy – one of biblical proportions – it is, at its heart, a small story about one woman trying to survive in a world literally turned upside down, while she tries to make sense of everything that has happened around her. Kali is intelligent and resourceful, but the task of merely staying alive would be insurmountable without the assistance of Tiamat. As Kali learns about what has happened to her world, she is torn between her being drawn to Tiamat and being repelled by the part he played – and continues to play – in the ongoing devastation.
There’s an almost Robinson Crusoe quality to Wormwood. The dramatis personae is relatively small, and much of the time Kali is alone, but in spite of her own self-doubts, it is in solitude that she repeatedly finds the strength of will and depth of character to push forward. The few others she meets are as often as not a danger to her, either directly or unintentionally. When other (usually much more powerful or capable) characters do help Kali, it’s because she allows them to.
Wormwood is also a romantic tale, a story of girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a supernatural being possessing extraordinary powers; difficulties ensue. I don’t mean to make light of this part of the story – on the contrary, in a story that requires a suspension of disbelief from the reader, the evolution of the relationship between Kali and Tiamat is perhaps the most natural and credible aspect of the story. Wormwood isn't a romance with apocalyptic window-dressing, nor is it an end of the world tale with a love-interest to break the monotony. Every aspect of the story works because it belongs there; the whole is greater than the sum of its narrative parts.
Ms Nevins has a wonderfully attuned sense of the authentic, both in dialogue and action. Standing back from Wormwood, it's a tall tale, drawing equally from religion, mythos and modern anxieties of imminent disaster. The view from inside, however reveals a seamless world imbued with prevailing sense of the real.
This book is well written and incredibly descriptive. I felt as though I was in this world created by D.H. Nevins. It’s a dark and scary place with perhaps, redemption in the distant future? I did have a couple of issues with the book. First, it was hard for me to truly believe there was a strong romantic pull between Kali and Tiamat. When Tiamat is sent to destroy earth (I’m talking about annihilation!) and robs Kali of her father, I couldn’t feel the angst that should have brought me to tears once she came to that realization. Instead there was a little push and pull between them and POOF; she’s in-love with him. Really?? The other issue I had was, a few of the chapters were slow-moving but once it did pick-up, I couldn’t put the book down.
There were moments I was frightened and horrified but I became entangled in Kali’s world wanting to know what would happen next. A few interesting characters that were absolutely scary were Richard and Merodach. I could only assume Richard to be the devil but I’m not entirely certain and Merodach is just a power-hungry half-breed with a mean streak. When I think Angels, I think some are good and bad but in this book, it didn’t leave me with too much hope that they’re even good at all. Maybe because they’re half human? While Tiamat and Nathaniel seem to possess some of that goodness we believe Angels to have, I still think it’s questionable.
When Tiamat gives himself up willingly and they shave his wings, I cried! I felt as though I was watching the execution and I was devastated. It was gruesome and heartbreaking. GAH!!! Why?? My little heart can only take so much!! But Tiamat returns later on? I’m a little confused on that bit because I’m not able to figure out if Kali is dead or he was given a 2nd chance? Maybe that’s part of the cliff-hanger? But the part that hit me right between the eyes was the revelation about Kali’s relationship with Richard!!
Once I was done with the book I was consumed by feelings of melancholy and was drained emotionally. This book is seriously intense and I’m glad I took the risk! :)
Looking forward to the sequel!