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D in this book As my first venture into Lanagan s world I have to admit that Brides simply blew me away eaving me utterly breathless It is a slow intriguing tale that often reminded me of Darwin s An Origin of Species since in many ways Lanagan seems to be recording the evolution of the magic on Rollrock Island through her multiple PoVs characters and generations Brides is a story that sucks you in from the very first page and just keeps sucking the emotions feelings and deepest desires of your soul right out until you close the سایه لای پوست last page a secret smile upon your face as your mind is aittle intelligent your heart a The Nonprofits Guide to Human Resources little accepting and your world aittle different than ever before It is difficult to properly summarize The Brides of Rollrock Island in any way that could possibly do it justice or cease to reveal one too many spoilers It is suffice I hope to say that much Territory like Stiefvater s The Scorpio Races is a tale of the island of Thisby and its deadly water horses Brides is a tale of Rollrock Island a mystical island on which sealsoiter about giving way to the Shades of Love legend of beautiful brides emerging from these seals only to pine for the ocean every waking hour they spend away from it It is on this island that Misskaella is born to a familyike any other except for the stark difference that a generation s buried affinity for magic has been successfully suppressed until the birth of Misskaella herself It is these two seemingly un similar occurrences a forgotten Kaplan Medical USMLE Examination Flashcards legend and the birth of a woman with magical abilities that spark the story arc of Brides Within heratest novel Lanagan weaves a complex tale of carefully extracted revenge using seven different PoV s to transition between past present and future woman child and man Each PoV is uniue different and surprisingly deep As each one unfolds the overarching arc of the novel becomes clearer and clearer as Lanagan carefully peels back the intricate The Crooked Maid layers of her world its psychology its people and its world in and of itself The Brides of Rollrock Island is not a tale of happiness but neither is it one of despair If anything it is bittersweet at its finest a blend of subtle joy sprinkled amongst a sea of troubles injustices and unfairness s Yet at its core it is a beautiful and touching story one that gives strengthends hope and Consumer Behavior leaves you thinking for hours afterwards The Brides of Rollrock Island despite being a story of revenge is not a story that puts blame on any one person or group of people In fact Lanagan masterfully weaves her story in such a way that it is impossible to tell right from wrong All we are able to glean from this novel at the end is that its course was inevitable Any one of us if thrown into the positions of these characters would have mostlyikely reacted the same way making this a strangely believably tale Further the undertone of doom of history Irretrievably Broken living on to repeat itself again and again of men falling prey to the beauty that is beheld by eyes and not the heart or mind to women falling prey to trust of men who woo them with words of children falling prey to the prejudices of their parentsall this is within human nature and its cycle will repeat itself and the events that occur on Rollrock are all bound to occur yet again in another hundred years or so If anything it is this theme of being unable to control one s fate that is so aptly felt Yet the subtle undertones of this novel indicate otherwise Whether it be the women of Rollrock Island who have the strength and courage toeave her husbands who want beautiful sea wives to a new Black Ice life in a foreign town or the children of the sea wives who find it in themselves to defy the fathers theyook up to and grant their mothers the happiness they seek or whether it is the witch of Rollrock herself who finds a way to The Dirty Pair Strike Again (The Dirty Pair, love and happiness despite her estrangement from society which was granted to her based solely on her appearance and gift of magic she couldn t control The Brides of Rollrock Island is full of characters who take fate into their own hands Of characters who decide to mold what they want fromife despite what circumstances have thrown at them It may be a story of aching sadness and despair but it is also a novel of so much strength and hope and courage that one cannot help but come away from it an inspired individual Nevertheless what I BDSM loved most about The Brides of Rollrock Island is without a doubt its ending For once here is a novel that starts out strong builds and keeps getting better and ends with the strongest note of all If there is such a thing as a perfect novel it is probably this one as its prose is beautiful its story mesmerizing its characters three dimensional and its capacity to make you open your mind and think and revel and accept is simple astounding I just cannot recommend this novel enough It is a story that will stick with me for aong time to come and one that I will undoubtedly return to in a matter of years confident that I will come away from it with even knowledge uestions wisdom and mind blown than ever before If you choose to read just one Margo Lanagan novel or one Aussie Fantasy or just one book Fatal Obsession let it be this one Itacks the capacity to disappoint trust me You can read this review and on my blog Ivy Book Bindings When you read a Margo Lanagan book you expect it to both confuse and enthrall you And THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND delivers that head spinning gut churning fizzy brained mixture of what in the world is going on and did she really go there and oh my goodness she is a genius You can read THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND as a nontraditionally narrated snapshot of an island s history with no straightforward plot and no answers to what s right or what s wrong in this world That The Perfect Duet ll either confuse the hell out of you or you will be delighted at the amount of space Lanagan allows readers to bring in their own values and interests to the story Those who want to find a depiction of the complex meanings of domesticoyalty get that Or you can also read it for its marvelous craft its characterization and worldbuilding It s a story that gives no clear answers and is all the special because of thatMuch ike Thisby Island of The Scorpio Races Rollrock Island feels ike an entity of its own Lanagan skillfully weaves a picture of an island suffocated by yet dependent on its claustrophobic iving conditions neighbors knowing one another s businesses and knowing who marries
who and who s doing what with who else s woman I find and who s doing what with who else s woman I find contained in a small area where each inhabitant must be developed with his or her uniue idiosyncrasies so much interesting and realistic than plain Jane YAs set in Anywheretown America The people and the island setting force one another to reveal their imperfect weird alivenessFor those who appreciate great writing and are tired of the repetitious plots and characters that appear in so much YA THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND will renew your faith in the magic of writing Rollrock is a onely island of cliffs and storms blunt fishermen and their fierce wives Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor Kasihku Abadi living from the stormy seas But Rollrock is also a place of magic When I read and adored Kirsty Logan s The Gloaming my dear friend Marina recommended Margo Lanagan s The Brides of Rollrock Island because she knows how much Iove myths islands and selkies I can honestly say one time that Marina knows me frighteningly well If you Ritchie County in history and romance love island communities the Scottishandscape myths and tales witches weird births seals and selkies or if you just need to read a uality tale then you need this book in your ifeIn an island that definitely resembles the Scottish Hebrides a community is torn asunder by Misskaella s abilities to turn seals into beautiful alluring seemingly docile young women Families and relationships are turned upside down This is Misskaella s way of exacting revenge for years of contempt and abuse even from her own mother She demonstrates the evil the hypocrisy and ruthlessness of men their willingness to put everything at risk because of an itch The north road swung up over the cliff almost gaily and we walked it up into the teeth of the wind and it battered our hair and flapped our coat collars The sea on our eft tossed moon twinkles about rushed and smashed at the cliffs drummed in the road underfoot Lanagan makes excellent use of the fairytales of the sea and the Savage Salvation legends of the islands focusing on the beloved myth of the selkie women However she develops the famous story and takes it one step further in a brilliant twist of the age oldegend Further she brings the children of the selkie wives out of obscurity and gives them the chance to express their feelings of belonging to two worlds that are so close and so far away Where do they belong What is it that makes an island community so harsh and unforgiving What happens when the Japan, France, and East-West Aesthetics laws of nature and its balance are violated because of men s desires and endless egoLanagan s writing is excellent She depicts theanguage of the islanders and the younger members of the community faithfully and vividly the dialogue is flowing and natural There are many beautiful descriptions of the island at night the community of the seals the fishing villages the harsh 45 stars Was she beautiful the sea maid Fair strange Doris had said and I thought that was a fine assessment Fair strange I think that s a fine assessment of Sea Hearts too beautiful in or for its unusualnessIt s proving extremely difficult to review Sea Hearts titled The of Rollrock Island in the
US IN ISOLATION AND NOT HOLD in isolation and not up against Lanagan s previous novel Tender Morsels Though I read the I Could Pee on This latter earlier this year I still haven t been able to wrangle my thoughts into review form beyond being able to say that it s one of the most powerful disturbing and peculiar books I ve ever read And I do mean that in a good way So I was apprehensive even nervous going into Sea HeartsNow having read them both I can definitely say that there are some similarities between the novels as they both have Lanagan s singularly complex and artistic use ofanguage atmosphere emotion and thematic depth However while Tender Morsels is almost relentlessly unsettling I believe Sea Hearts without diluting the power of Lanagan s writing is the accessible bookAnd the writing is exuisite Besides the rich Louis Riel lyrical prose that sets Lanagan apart as a storyteller it s also incredibly atmospheric Rollrock Island and its small insular community of Potshead are exceptionally well realised Lanagan has created a setting that feels simultaneously familiar and foreign a glimpse of our own past slightly tilted on its axis into something strange and not uite of our world Through dialogue and characterisation the world of Rollrock slips it. Himself aovely sea wife He may have and hold and keep her And he will tell himself that he is her master But from his first Freaky Facts about Spiders look into those wide uestioningiuid eyes he will be just as transformed as she He will be eually ensnare.
Margo Lanagan ì 0 Free downloadS moorings in reality and occupies a realm of existence just beyond our own all the so as the story of the selkies and sea witches are woven into its historySea Hearts is structured around seven narrators each taking up a ayer of the story until it comes full circle At first the framework seems strange and the shifts in perspective and time feel abrupt incomplete Then a synergy in the voices begins to emerge drawing towards a central cohesive thread and it becomes clear just how complex and dark a story Lanagan is weavingOn the surface Sea Hearts is about a sea witch with the ability to draw forth a woman from a seal who begins trading in brides for the men of Rollrock Island But that synopsis barely scratches the surface of what this novel is about This is a deeply insightful story about the conseuences of revenge exacted upon a community and of the sorrow bought with unchecked desire The far reaching effects of rejection fear and The Rude Buay Trilogy loss are adroitly explored through the characters whom Lanagan imbues with sympathy despite their many actions to the contrary This is most evident in Misskaella a character flawed and reprehensible yet deeply human in her story of growth from a spurned child and downtrodden young woman to a calculating and feared crone Some of Lanagan s most beautiful writing is tied up in Misskaella s character arc and the conseuences that her personal journey wreaks upon the island Similarly there s a scene that details a conversation between Daniel Mallett and his mother tooong to uote here so poignant and moving for the way it gets straight to the heart of the novel to the private burdens of sorrow and guilt that the island must atone for cumulativelyOf course much Kaylees Keeper (Masters of the Castle, like Tender Morsels the style and subject of Sea Hearts won t be for everyone and I d even venture to say that it s an acuired taste The novel can feel dense at times enigmatic to the point of frustration Lanagan compels her readers to unusual dark places and does not always deliver explanations rather reuiring readers to draw their own She does not offer detailed rationalisations for her worldbuilding choices and there are times when I felt out of my depth in the setting However the end result is extraordinary and rewardingTender Morsels in a feminist context has been the subject of much discussion both far in depth and articulately than I could even begin to attempt but I think it s worth touching on the subject as it pertains to Sea Hearts I do think that Lanagan s novels have many intelligent things to say about the position of women in society Sea Heartsess stridently than Tender Morsels but still in an insightful and thought provoking manner Throughout Sea Hearts traditional gender roles are very much in evidence and I think that Lanagan subtly challenges these as the plot unfolds The female characters typically occupy narrowly defined places in their society yet both the red wives and the sea wives have agency in contesting these Most obvious is the red wives in their decision to eave the island in protest against the summoning of the sea wives And while it s arguable that the sea wives themselves are conjured as possessions of the men iving under their dominance and as manifestations of the men s sexual desire and objectification they too have purpose and desire outside being wives Their ties to their home and the action this causes them to take clearly demonstrate that their will extends beyond the narrow confines of Potshead s social norms and expectations and that attempting a forced assimilation only damages the tightly knit community From Miskaella Bet Winch s mother the sea wives Lory Severner to Trudle Callisher the central female characters of Sea Hearts display different aspects of strength and independence asserting themselves beyond the rigid and Awoken (Viridian Saga, limited views of them held by the other characters particularly the menSea Hearts is an unusual novel beautiful in its sadness and haunting closure It works well as a crossover and I d recommend it to anyone drawn to artful storytelling anditerary fiction As for the covers and titles I Taking Flight like them all though I admit a bias for the Australian versions of both Iike the title Sea Hearts which is also the title of the original novella from which the novel grew for its duality it works on both a I Am a Teamster literal and symbolicevel and is therefore open to a variety of interpretations Regarding the covers anyone who s had a glance at my tumblr knows how I feel about moody pictures involving water spoiler I Heartlands like them however I think the Australian cover is evocative of the sea wives as they re described And I think it s just gorgeous in generalStarting this tonight flails and runs to catch up with LeanneBumping this up the TBR to read with Leanne next week 45 StarsMelancholy If I had to capture Margo Lanagan s The Brides of Rollrock Island in one word melancholy would be the one Melancholy is sad but also thoughtful beautiful and heartbreaking as was this tale The Brides of Rollrock Island isn t a streamlined book Told from six varying points of view our tale begins in the middle reverses to the beginning and moves forward to the end with a motion that indicates that this is a story that has happened before and one that can happen again The age old adage that history is doomed to repeat itself is ever present in Lanagan s book we know roughly what will happen because it has all happened before and we end with the unshakable knowledge that it is only a matter of time before events take a similar course once againThe Brides of Rollrock Island is a book with no heroes or villains it is a book where every man woman and child falls victim to their humanity orack thereof Who do we point fingers at Who do we blame when things go wrong The answer is complicated beyond our ability to grasp when we see clearly each sides motivations The men of Rollrock cannot help but be bewitched and enraptured by the seal women who come to shore the selkies cannot help bewitching or having hearts ever torn between the sea and the men they Alan Ford (Superstrip Alan Ford Trobroj love and how can we blame a woman who has endured many cruelties for dooming others to share what touch of happiness she has knownIf it seems as if this is another review where I will talkittle of the story and much of the atmosphere you are correct I firmly believe it is best for readers to open The Brides of Rollrock Island with a mystery hanging over their head knowing only that it will be breathtaking but there are some details I will share The Brides of Rollrock Island has a haunting and sad air about it much Literature Circle Role Sheets like a Gothic novel and while one could impose its time as early 20th century the story also remains timeless in a manner that is rarely captured The island of Rollrock itself embodies the notion of setting as character with a spirit personality and story of its own It will make youong to breathe salt in the air spend your days on rocky shores and gaze into the sad dark eyes of wild creaturesOne of the most uniue aspects of The Brides of Rollrock Island is the way it tells a very adult story through the eyes of children and young adults Each narration in the book is from the eyes of a child or young adult and as they age into adulthood we stumble into the point of view of another Maines Visible Black History learning to see the island and its people in new ways Creating the perfect crossover story Lanagan has written a tale that will captivate young and old alike with an ebb and flow of characters that matches the ever changing sea itself Our characters grow our views of them morph from pity to understanding to admiration to scorn as we experience The Brides of Rollrock Island from nearly all anglesNearly I say because there is one point of view that remains elusive that of the sea brides themselves I actually didn t realize this upon reading until it was pointed out to me by Catie in her review I ve decided however that this is not a point of complaint for me I actually kind ofove that while we are given a small glimpse of their souls
selkie women remain mysterious and otherworldly As humans we so often need human or part human narrators to understand those creatures of myth and The Brides of Rollrock Island is no exceptionThe Selkie Women Remain
I would ove to understand the sea wives but in the end Iwould ove to understand the sea wives but in the end I not sure that would be fair to them Their men children and those who Die Geschichte der Indianer Nordamerikas lived elsewhere certainly never fully understood these women so who am I to do soMargo Lanagan s The Brides of Rollrock Island is a stunning and beautiful work of fantasy one that is as cold as it is rich and asyrical as it is cruel It was one of my most anticipated reads of 2012 and it did not disappoint on the contrary it exceeded all possible expectations and has been one of my favorite reads this year I had intended to read this one as a read along with Jen and Heather but alas real ife and hurricanes got in our way and we never really aligned still it s a wonderful work I m ooking forward to discussing now that we ve finishedOriginal review posted at Bunbury in the Stacks This is my first Lanagan but by no means will it be my Beyond the Mist last From the very words chosen to the way they d been woven together the feel of this isong and Phemes Regret lush dense and at times too much Everything is so specifically and skillfully put together that I felt the moody dark and yes sometimes even disturbing tone just propelled me forward I ve come away with characters that cannot help but be well realised Better yet those seven voices each building upon what sast been said serve up stories that are so clearly depicted that the choices made whether hard or sad or uestionable were simply decisions but the people uite simply are who they are People Never obvious than with Miskaella and Daniel where Misakaela s tale starts from sad girl to feared woman her choices are not as disturbing and they were given the background Pocket Guide to Scottish Words laid down of her or the painful story of of Daniel and his mother when atast the wrongness of what s been done is voiced out Of course set in a place time that s two things at once reading this was uite the experience for me The place is a bit unclear given the oddness and strangeness mixed in what could be A sea witch calling forth sea wives for men of Rollrock Island red wives Chimerica leaving sea wives staying so that what s initially odd becomesess odd and only to Biscuits Bullets A Gettysburg Story later become what is It s disturbing and dark but genuine and though provoking a woman s place a man s choice a son s duty a mother sove but at the core are the people and the choices each made and then Ο ελληνικός εμφύλιος πόλεμος, 1943-1950 later still the conseuences of all those Surprisingly with each of the seven building on what s been said there s an ending that s hauntingeaving me only uestions a fact that is not necessarily a negative 55 Just know that if I could give BRIDES stars than a 5 I woul. D And the witch will have her true paymentMargo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire despair and transformation With devastatingly beautiful prose she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty but also unspoken ov. ,
There s no uestion in my mind that this book is brilliantly written I ve been consistently impressed and moved by Margo Lanagan s prose since my first experience with her work a few years ago and this book does not disappoint in that regard However and this will actually be a positive for many readers this book is far tame and accessible than Tender Morsels It s even accessible than the short story of hers that I read in Zombies vs Unicorns ast year And that s not to say that this book is all softness and happiness and rainbows far from it But compared to the other two works of hers that I ve read this one just isn t as traumatizing As I said this will actually be a positive for many readers I would definitely suggest this book for anyone who wants to give Margo Lanagan a try without being overwhelmed This is the book you should start with However as someone who Calendula loves her darker and gruesome side I actually really missed the shock factor that I ve come to expect from her Ioved this book uite a Markham Hall Series Bundle (Markham Hall, lot but I know that it won tinger in my mind uite as much as Tender Morsels still doesThis book is absolutely brilliant though both in its poetic beauty and in its technical precision She is one of the few authors I know of who seems to marry those two elements effortlessly I appreciate both although I think maybe I have a slight preference for poetic beauty over technical precision but when I see them come together in one work of art it never fails to Megaman Battle Network 3 White and Blue Official Strategy Guide leave me in awe Not only does she seamlessly connect six different narrators she tells this story in a sort of spiraling timeline She starts in the middle moves to the beginning and then moves through the start to reach the end In aess skilled author s hands all of these narrators and the shifting timeline could easily become a huge mess But she makes it feel absolutely perfect ike the only way this story could possibly be toldI don t typically enjoy reading through a whole cast of narrators but Margo Lanagan makes me ove it Her stories are handed off from one pair of eyes to another Soy Sisters like a relay and the result is an incredibly three dimensional view We get to see through the eyes of young Misskaella a girl with a power that she doesn t understand but that seems to scare or disgust everyone on the small island where sheives As she grows and even her family seems to wish she were never born as her isolation and bitterness increase it becomes easier to see why she would want to punish them all From within the soft blubbery bodies of female seals she pulls forth girls tall pale graceful and biddable girls Girls who seem to bewitch every single man on the island Through the span of decades she changes the entire face of the island effectively removing it from the modern world and isolating everyone who chooses to stay The torch of narration is passed through the wives and children of these men who are cast aside to the men themselves who are hopelessly Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems lost to the selkie brides to the children born of these new marriages and finally back into Misskaella sife through the eyes of her apprenticeI fell so hard into each one of these different characters that it was sometimes hard to move on But it was exciting too Sybil like having my firmly held beliefs proven wrong over and over again Am I the only one who really enjoys that The only small gripe I have is that I wish she had included a selkie bride as one of the narrators It sort of happens with Daniel Mallett the son of one of these women but not completely I really wonder why she chose not to include that point of viewHer writing is just absolutely stunning though For example this passage which is about giving up a child for his own well being All the years to come crowded into that time and Iived them A Womans Guide to Fasting long and bitter and empty of him The rightness of what I had done and the wrongness both they tore at me and repaired me and tore again and neither of them was bearable I have never gone through that courageous and painful act but she made me feel as if I hadPerfect Musical PairingThe Cranberries Dreaming My DreamsWhenever Iisten to this song I think about my children growing up and heading out into the world and Hermann Zapf and His Design Philosophy leaving me behind And I feel such a mix of emotions pride grief desperation to hold onto theirittle selves eagerness to
Prepare Them For Adulthood I Think Thatthem for adulthood I think that old clich is right one of the truest tests of I Know Who You Are love for another person is the ability toet him or her go And I think that it s interesting that in The Brides of Rollrock Island it is the villain who is able to Spring Girl let heroves go while her victims can t seem to They are so desperate to hold on to their Menerjang Batas loves that they strangle theife out of them So this is where I come to the from above After writing this review I realize that this book Chosen Vessels left of an impression on me than I originally thought This book is uieter and subdued than Tender Morsels but it stillingersAlso seen on The Readventurer The back of the book says we see the deepest of human cruelty but also of No Apology Necessary love Wrong there is noove in this bookIf you The Secret World of Fluffy Ratbag like theast episode of Twin Peaks you Awakening (The Guardians Heart Series Book 1) llike this book That s not exactly a good thing This novel takes cerebral to a whole other degreeFirst off there s a difference between throwing your reader into a novel s world no holds bar and throwing a reader into a world and not caring if they understand what on earth is going on Only half way through the book will you begin to even become comfortable in the world about 200 or so pages in which is not a good thing Not that I don t mind books not having a Whoops! layman character that I can relate to in ignorance of what s going on but I wouldike some explanation of what the hell is going onYou basically shouldn t read the first chapter of the book There s no purpose to it in all honesty The Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. language the actions of the characters have no impact on the story and serves only to confuse the readerAs for the rest of the novelit builds upsort of and has no real climax Like a meal of rice and milk there s no flavor besides the novelty of the world Men can pay a witch to bring women out of seals that are beautiful and magical They all fall inove with them and kidnap them to their houses driving their real women away form the island because their husbandfianceessons are resorting to affairs and adultery to have these seal women The witch does this because everyone on the island was a horrible human being anyway so this is her revenge because the seal women are depressed to be away from the sea even as they have children with their new husbandsThat s the book There s nothing else to the story and there are no The Sheep Book likable characters There are character s you feel bad for and you want to see victorious but they are in the end either corrupted oroose At one point you
think a male character who will resist the witch but no Hea male character who will resist the witch but no He tooThe author seems to just Laduma loathe men And while I m against man hating posing as feminism which permeates throughiterature The Gangs Birthday Surprise like wild fire I find it insulting that the men of this island get no punishment Oh after the climax they feel sad sure But that s it They re free to go on with theirives I can see where sorrow could be enough of a punishment but the author is too focused on her flowered anguage and imagery to actually portray some kind of human emotionThat s really all it is pretty without emotion The Language Is Lovely And Reading It Is Like Eating Candy is ovely and reading it is Get Up like eating candy it makes to sick after a while when you try and clutch for some sort of plot or reason to keep readingThis is my first novel by this author and while Iike her writing style I m hesitant to read another by her award winning or not I got this on audio from AudioBookSync Wow this book is weird There s something peculiarly haunting about selkie folklore I can picture a careworn exhausted mother telling the story to her daughter Once the women could swim free before they were robbed of their skins I can see a father still mourning the Out to Lunch loss of his wife from childbirth telling it to his young son The women don t want toeave their husbands and children but they re torn and the sea is in their nature and someday they must return to it The symbolism of the story is so very direct when the man sees the selkie women carefree and beautiful and happy he is enchanted and his enchantment uickly turns to acuisitive Parinamam engane? പരിണാമം എങ്ങനെ? lust He steals a skin and thereby imprisons the maiden turning her from a creature of the wild seas to an obedient wife He keeps her skin her agencyocked away and without it she is utterly dependent upon him un If you have any expectations of what this book will be Beetle in the Anthill like based on the cover throw them away You won t find a dreamy romantic fairy tale retelling here It sike this type of crazy business going onRecipe for a twisted dark fairy tale 1 One crazy witch2 Stupid men who think with the wrong head3 Seals I m being serious the actual sea creatures4 Blank eyed women who are willing to serve their men Stepford Wife style Confused yet Trust me I was confused for the first couple of chapters Once I started figuring out what was going on I found myself disturbingly aroused uh scared uh interested Basically this nasty crazy witch woman can call up seals and cut them open These seals then pop out these extremely sensual Mr. Drackle And His Dragons looking women who are willing to cling to the first person they seebond with Yes it sike mail order brides except of a Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales local affair Needless to say the men were ALL over this trend Islander number 1 Hey Frank you got your hot seal wife yet Mine cooks me dinner every night before doing the naked tango with me Islander number 2 Nah The dumb witch wants money than I can afford I m putting in extra hours down at the docks so I can get me a slave soon Think there s a catch Of course there is That s where the story takes a turnIoved this book but I can honestly say that it won t be for everyone It does take a couple of chapters to get to the point where you feel sucked in Because of the confusing and almost dreary start I could see how some people are going to jump ship before the story gets to a point where you want to keep going because you re bizarrely fascinated with this twisted beautiful and disturbing world I was glad that I stuck with Brides of Rollrock Island because I Song of the Aura love books that stray outside of the realm of normal Anything that isn t cookie cutter tends to earn extra marks from meThis author is shelved as YA but I found this book to readike an Adult historical fic wa sprinkling of magical realism Basically a modern albeit dark and grown up fairy tale The Brides of Rollrock Island is one of those novels that Hands Tied, A Hammer Story left me with the thought that there is no possible word in the Englishanguage that could even attempt to summon up the strange ethereal and mystifying experience that is chronicle. On remote Rollrock Island men go to sea to make their The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, livings and to catch their wivesThe witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal ofuring the beauty out of the beast And for a price a man may buy.