I was referred to this novel, The Call, by an IG friend; she did not steer me wrong. I wish I could remember who it was, to thank her. Anyway, the book is incredible! Ireland is in danger, the entire nation, from the continuous threat of the Sidhe (pronounced She-thē). Children, between the ages of five, through teenaged years are called. This "calling" is marked by the remains of someone's clothing, their body missing for a count of three minutes, four seconds...
I didn't purchase the physical book, but I will, now that I know the story. It's one I'd like my son to read and enjoy. It's an amazing adventure and I feel requires sharing. The Call tells of various students of the school of hard knocks, pretty much. Children are sent to school, not to learn a trade, but how to survive. Their manuals, journals of previously Called, on what to expect when they arrive in the colorless lands. What is timed to three minutes back home, is like an eternity there. And while running from the beautiful, angelic faces and chiming laughter of the Lordly Ones. They live for the hunt, and for revenge.
This story diminishes the sweet fairy tales of fae. It gives an imaginative telling of the real Sidhe, and how they manipulate oaths, bargains and truths, to suit their wanting and not that of the mere humans. Now because I listened to this novel, instead of reading it, I had a bit of trouble understanding every single happening. Not from lack of description, but because the wonderful narrator, Amy Shiels, and her beautiful accent. Also, phrasing and such were difficult to pick up on. BUT THIS DIDN'T BOTHER ME! I love accents and dialects.
Peader Ó Guilín, the author, is a spectacular storyteller. Thought there were times I felt things happened a bit off (which could come from cultural differences), I still felt at home with the read. Not one time did I ever feel bored with the tale, and the action of each called student was fascinating. Below is a video of Ó Guilín reading chapter one. Take a listen- then grab the book. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
Off to the next read...
Peader Ó Guilín
August 30, 2016
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