Saturday, 6 August 2011

The Autumn Castle

 Written by Kim Wilkins

Kim Wilkins makes me proud to be an Australian. Why? Because she is the author of the most amazing dark, twisted adult fairytale I have ever read. Taking all the elements that make us love fairytales, the darkness, the death, wicked witches, fairies, forbidden love, Kim Wilkins weaves a magical tale set in modern day Berlin. Christine, an ordinary girl with whom the reader can relate, is staying in Berlin with her boyfriend, Jude. Jude is a painter spending a year in the building of bizarre art lover Mandy Z.

Christine is haunted by tragedy: by the death of her parents in a hit and run that also left her with chronic pain, and by a half forgotten childhood memory that begins to come back to her of her childhood friend May, who disappeared. Mayfridh is now the queen of fairies, but she is lonely, and wants to reconnect with Christine. And as she insinuates herself into Christine's life, events begin to unravel, along with a sinister threat that none of them are aware of.

I love this story because it goes back to the original dark roots of fairytales, with all the passion and horror that are often taken out of modern day fairytales to make them more acceptable and 'child friendly.' This book has everything I am looking for in a book, and more! It blew me away the first time I read it, and I keep coming back to read it again! There is also lush descriptive prose throughout the book, not a dull sentence to be found. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

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