The books written by Charlie N. Holmberg are addicting. I think that is truly the best word for them. Once I start one, I just can’t wait until I’m able to return and read the next chapter. I even start planning out exactly when in my schedule I will have time to get back to the story.
So far, Followed by Frost is my favorite (it was also the first book of hers I ever read). I loved the contrast of temperatures throughout the story – Smitha’s freezing touch versus the hot and arid climate of Mac’Hliah. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet was a cute love story – I enjoyed watching Maire rediscover her relationship with Fyel. Most recently I finished reading The Fifth Doll, where the world the characters live in is not what it appears to be.
My only complaint so far is that the last book, The Fifth Doll, ended too soon. Yes, the villagers escaped the spell they were under and Matrona called off her engagement to a man she didn’t love, but I wanted more than that! Do she and Jaska actually get married? What about the villagers? Are they able to rebuild and return to lives they lived before the spell was cast? An epilogue would have been a wonderful thing for this book! But maybe that’s just me again, and my desire for a *complete* resolution of all loose ends (see my blog on Jane Austen). There will be full endings and/ or epilogues in all of my books, I promise you! And if the story still isn’t complete enough, let me know – perhaps an additional short story might be required ?.
But I digress. Back to the works of Charlie N. Holmberg – it’s not just the powerful characters and the subtle love stories that enthrall me. There’s a strange and twisting magic woven into all of her stories. They haunt me. They’re so different – so unlike anything I myself could have imagined.
Perhaps that’s what fascinates me so much: that these stories are simply so unlike something I could create. I know for a fact I never could have written them, not the way they are. And I think that’s a wonderful thing. To stretch your mind, to enter a new and different world, to take your thoughts somewhere they’ve never been before. Isn’t that what reading is all about, anyway?! We all get comfortable in our routines and patterns – it takes something new to help us grow.
I don’t know if my own stories appear that way to other people or not. I’d certainly like to think so, but I tend to doubt it. I can only hope that one day, I too weave stories that no one else can imagine.
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I have two passions: reading and writing. You can't write good stories without first reading good stories - that's my theory, anyway. So this is where I'll share with you the depth of those passions: background on what and why I write, as well as talking about the books that I read and how they impact my writing.