Good morning everyone and welcome to another Waiting-On-Wednesday here on ATIB. This is a weekly posted created by Breaking The Spine. It is just an opportunity to share a title that you are eagerly waiting to be released. Joanne M. Harris is leading the charge in fantastic mythology re-imaginings. Setting out to create her own mythological tale, The Blue Salt Road tells the story of a nameless man and his foray into a new world. I adore folklore, mythology and ghost stories and this checks all the boxes. Plus I am a JMH mega fan so there is that too :D.
15.11.18 / Gollancz / Mythology-Folklore / Hardback / 256pp / 978-1473222212
A perfect autumn and Christmas read, this combines the harshness of nature with the spookiness of a ghost story and the comfort of a great folk tale, in one beautifully told novella which is stunningly illustrated by Bonnie Hawkins.
An earthly nourris sits and sings
And aye she sings, “Ba lilly wean,
Little ken I my bairn’s father,
Far less the land that he staps in.
(Child Ballad, no. 113)
So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.
Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.
Thank you for popping in to check out my latest Waiting-On-Wednesday featuring The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris. I have plenty of (potentially) fantastic reads to share with you all this year so keep an eye out for additional posts in the coming weeks. 2018 is hands-down the best year for books in a long time and it only gets better. Thanks for reading and see you again soon!