Foxfire, Wolfskin – Blog Tour

 

 

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Synopsis:
‘Part rally cry, part warning, part manifesto and all parts enchanting, Sharon Blackie’s Foxfire, Wolfskin is a deeply evocative and haunting collection. Humming with the strength of our immutable voices, each story sings with the transformation that is possible when women take agency of our lives. I want to press this powerful book into the hands of everyone I know and say, listen.’  Holly Ringland, author, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
‘Sharon Blackie has wrought a new-old magic for our times: glorious, beautiful, passionate myths written for this critical moment in time. They show who we could have been, and they give us a glimpse of a world-that-could-be. There’s still time to make it happen.’ Manda Scott, author of the Boudicca series, and A Treachery of Spies
Charged with drama and beauty, this memorable collection by a master storyteller weaves a magical world of possibility and power from female myths of physical renewal, creation and change. It is an extraordinary immersion into the bodies and voices, mindscapes and landscapes, of the shape-shifting women of our native folklore.  We meet the Water Horse of the Isle of Lewis, the huldra, the Scandinavian supernatural forest-dweller, and Baba Yaga of Slavic folklore (but will she help you or kill you?) Here too is the Snow Queen; the wild bird-woman of the Sliabh Mis Mountains; Blodeuedd, the Welsh ‘flower-faced’ woman.  
Drawing on myth and fairy tales found across Europe – from Croatia to Sweden, Ireland to Russia – Sharon Blackie brings to life women’s remarkable ability to transform themselves in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. These stories are about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and uncovering the wildness – and wilderness – within.

Book Information:
Written by: Sharon Blackie
Published by: September Publishing
Published on: 2 October 2019
Price: £ 14.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781910463680

 

My Review

You ever get a book and just from the moment you hold it, you know you’re going to really enjoy it?

This was one for me. I love folklore and it’s clear that Blackie does as well, she takes these myths and tales and weaves them into stories greater than what we’d been given. To make the stories about women for women in a way.

How often have we’ve seen folklore show its fear of women? Oh, that’s not to say that there are no tales of courageous women, it’s just, more often than not you can find a plethora of stories where women are not praised for their strengths and kind hearts, but rather used as warnings.

Overall it was an amazing collection of 13 vibrant, touching, and surprisingly beautiful stories.

I loved all 13, we get to see a bit of Baba Yaga, Mad Mis, waterhorses, wolf versions of selkies, and so much more.

I think Mad Mis and Foxfire were both my favorites from the collection but there wasn’t one story I didn’t find enjoyable. [Though I mean, I can see why Baba Yaga did not particularly welcome that protagonist from her story, I almost half-wished she’d been frightened to death lol]

Women are allowed to be wild, they are allowed to feel to make choices that only men seemed to be able to make in the original tales. They have decided to take their lives in their own hands, to return to the earth and run through forests. And I thought that’s what made this book so beautiful.

Not to mention, this book is a great read for October, a bit of a spooky/witchy read just in time for Halloween. I loved it, five cups of coffee from me and my absolute adoration.

Thanks to Anne and September Publishing for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour.

 

The Illustrations

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About the Author

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Dr Sharon Blackie is a writer, mythologist and psychologist, and an internationally recognised teacher of the mythic imagination. Her bestselling book, If Women Rose Rooted, won a 2016 Nautilus award, and laid out a haunting heroine’s journey for every woman who finds power, inspiration and solace in the natural world.  She has an international following through her online communities, and the courses and workshops she offers through ‘The Hedge School’.  Her first novel, The Long Delirious Blue, was described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘hugely potent’. She lives in Connemara, Ireland. 

Author’s Website

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Author’s Other Works

Sharon Blackie’s titles available from September publishing:  The Enchanted Life (ISBN 978-1910463888, £14.99) and If Women Rose Rooted (978-1-912836-01-7, £8.99 paperback published August 2019)

 

The Rest of the Tour

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The Gilded King – Blog Tour

 

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Synopsis:
In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.
Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.
But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.
Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.
One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Purchase Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK

[Psssst, atm it’s free to get!]

 

My Review

Yay for a cool vampire story, it’s so rare for me to really get to enjoy vampire stories these days. Not for a lack of cool vampire stories, but because it’s hard to sift through the endless options of vampire books.

Not to mention this is a post-apocalyptic setting where vampires rule, and, they’re old enough to make ‘Interview with the Vampire’ jokes.

I love how mysterious the backstory of the world is in this book. There are prequels, but I think they aren’t necessary to read as Jaffrey does a pretty good job of setting up the world on her own. The story switches between Cameron and Julia’s POVs which is fun because they’re doing two completely different things, so it’s not just rehashing what you just read, though sometimes I wanted to shake my fist at Jaffrey because she’d just leave you hanging some chapters. *Glares* I see what you did there, Author.

There are these really awesome and terrifying things called Weepers, I won’t say what they are exactly to avoid spoilers, but another cool take on a monster.

Because of the almost two different stories, I found myself so intrigued and always wanting to know more, but, Jaffrey is clever and you can see the threads of the stories are interwoven even if Cameron and Julia aren’t tied to each other, there are events that they’re both connected to.

There’s love but it’s not overwhelming and there’s a good cast of characters, and I hope we get to know more about them in the next book(s), not to mention the way it’s left off, you just want to immediately jump into book 2!

Well-paced, fun characters, m/m flirting to make you go ‘awwwwwww,’ cool vampires, and political intrigue, plotting, and shenanigans.

Bring on book 2!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to WriteReads and Josie Jaffrey for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review as part of the tour! Four cups of coffee from me!

About the Author

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I live in Oxford, UK, with my husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for me to wear black, which is largely why I gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, I still miss my old wardrobe.

Author Links

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The Tour

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