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©2006 Kevin Crossley-Holland; (P)2006 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.
Hands up to start with, KCH is my favourite author ever, so if I sound like a sycophant, that's tough.
If you've read his original Arthur trilogy (which everyone should), this is on the same level of beautiful language, vivid images, and heartbreakingly real emotion as previous stories. And the end...no, it's ok, no spoilers. It's just gorgeous though, and it's perfectly done.
I was a bit put out by the narration. It felt a bit stilted and affected, and I wasn't convinced by all the accents. I liked the way the singing was integrated into the story, for sure, though I wonder whether it might not have been nice to allow the listener to imagine it for themselves? Never mind, it was good. And the story is good enough that I can forgive the narration any shortcomings.
This is beautiful writing. But then, from KCH, what do you expect?
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