15 Mar

ImageSometimes, after the last page is turned, we are unmoving, book in hand. As though not believing it’s over. Ambergate continues where Murkmere left us, bringing forth some minor characters that we somehow became attached to. Scuff, whom I remember to be in the shadows as the kitchen maid of Murkmere, is front and center with her first person narrative in Ambergate. The British folklore overlaps into a haunting sequel of stunning ‘visuals’, where the reader’s breath catches, and sensations are ‘felt’.

The story ended and I was sorry. The story ended and I remained motionless for a moment. Or was it an eternity? I could still hear the reverberation of that single gunshot; still feel the echo of muted footfalls; and, I could still feel the movement of the white swans’ wings overhead. I remained in the magic while the spell began to dissipate. The mystical was over, and I didn’t want it to be.

Patricia Elliott has her way with words.

Little, Brown and Company 2005
Hardcover-390 pages
YA-Gothic fantasy



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