Hello bookworm, is it really Thursday already? Come in, I’ve just made a pot of tea so please help yourself. I’ll just move my Kindle from the comfy chair so you can sit down. I’ve been reading an unusual little book called The Rue Stone. Have you heard of it? I’m grateful to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for the digital copy in return for my honest opinion. Now then, let me tell you all about it.
Let’s start with the blurb: The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.
About the author, Janet Stock, in her own words: Having written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book The Rue Stone is a fantasy novella. My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel The Little Servant – The Wait’s Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live. All four books are available on Amazon.
Now, for my review: The Rue Stone is reminiscent of the folklore I grew up with in the Isle of Man so I found it intriguing. It’s set in an inn deep in a forest, which popped mysteriously into existence one day and where Janna, the protagonist, has worked ever since.
Destiny is a central theme which always catches the interest of my inner philosopher. I wondered whether the inn appeared because it was needed to fulfil Janna’s destiny, or if her destiny was written in the stars because of the inn having fortuitously appeared… don’t you just love the sort of questions which make your eyes cross trying to think about them?!
The rue appears in the inn and stays for a night before he leaves again and whilst the reader learns a bit about his life, I would be interested in a novella from his perspective. All in all, it’s a quick and quirky read at 75 pages and is likely to appeal to fans of Katherine Arden.
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Well, a bookworm’s work is never done so I’m off to sort out some issues in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy section of my Book Review Corner. Apparently some dragons are causing havoc again. Honestly, they’ll never learn.
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