Today I’m reviewing After the Ruin by Harriet Goodchild. If you missed the interview she was kind enough to submit to back in March, you can check it out here. If you haven’t heard of After the Ruin before now, here’s the blurb:
What is the price of a man’s life? An apple? A sword? A kingdom? There are many ways to leave a life in ruins. But ruined lives go on, and so, after the ruin, there is love, sweet as roses on a summer’s evening. But love is such a little thing, no stronger than a candleflame at noontime. For, after the ruin, Averla, fire made flesh, is hiding in the light. She will use lover against lover, sister against brother, father against son, to build again her kingdom of everlasting fire. Love is not enough to set against her fierce desire. As well seek to turn back the tide with a wall of sand.
This book…This book! I’m still thinking about it. It’s a dense read, but a fantastic one, and I couldn’t get enough of it. The writing reminded me of some of the classics that I’ve loved; no one specific novel, just classic works in general. It has a timeless feel to it, and the prose is like reading music. It was poetry, plain and simple and magical. The worldbuilding was rock solid and the character development was amazing.
And the end…I still can’t believe the end.
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