Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Forthcoming Book Alert. The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal.
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal is very intense, very imaginative, very grim, and as Blythe Woolston mentioned, "mesmerizing." This is not a book for the squeamish and easily has as much appeal for adults as it does for mature teens. It is the story of a Ava Bingen, a young seamstress, Midi Sorte, a black slave with a tongue that has been split, rendering her mute, and Isabel, a mad queen living in the Scandinavian kingdom of Skyggehavn. It features some things that are so strange and told so well I know I will remember them for life. It has an abundance of rape, bloodshed, evil machinations, and terrible disease. I've got to say that it is definitely the first "fairy tale about syphilis" I've ever read. It is not an easy read and definitely not a fun read but is satisfying. The historical note at the end puts the events and customs of the time period into real historical context. Readers of Melina Marchetta's Lumatere Chronicles and Kathleen Duey's A Resurrection of Magic series, who like complex tales set in fully realized but unpleasant worlds will love The Kingdom of Little Wounds. I fully expect this to be a contender for several different awards.