Monday, March 08, 2010

First Review of Terry Griggs' Nieve

from VOYA:

Nieve's parents' business has improved, but Nieve is worried. Her parents are professional sympathizers, and although Nieve appreciates the new clothes and treats, she is worried by the increasing need for her parents' services. The world is becoming darker. Strange plants are appearing, spiders and bats are becoming more plentiful, and people are more forgetful and fractious. As Nieve begins to discover the truth, she is drawn into a world of old myths and magic.

Although complete in itself, this debut in a trilogy sets up an interesting meta-narrative to be resolved in future volumes. As the story progresses, the tone gets progressively darker, ending on a hopeful but guarded note. The tone is more than amply supported by the illustratuions, which reference both Tim Burton and Edward Gorey. Part allegory, part Irish folk tale, the novel succeeds in dropping the reader into a world both familiar and slightly off kilter. Readers looking for good fantasy will enjoy the novel on its own, but readers with a passing familiarity with the darker denizens of Irish mythology will find much to enjoy.

-- Steven Kral


Golf Lessons said...

Not terrible, just not what I was expecting. Nieve is younger than the description and YALSA review led me to assume, and the feel of the book was much more Coraline and less, for example, Holly Black.

Finance Dissertation said...

First Review of Terry Griggs' Nieve <--- that's what i was looking for