A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris
Publication date: 19 October 2017
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.
Ever since reading her wonderful book The Gospel of Loki, I’ve been meaning to read more by Joanne M. Harris. She’s a wonderful storyteller and seems to favor mythology lately, a big plus in my book, so I was thrilled to receive an early copy of Pocketful of Crows.
I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.
(The Child Ballads, 295)
So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.
Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.
Beautifully illustrated by (TBC), this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.*
Don’t judge A Pocketful of Crows on its small size – it’s an incredibly vivid fairy tale that packs a huge punch. The writing is lovely and lyrical – Harris takes us on a journey into a world that is both familiar and startlingly new. Our nameless narrator lives her fulfilling life alone in the woods with her people’s magic. Then one day, she sees William, the local laird’s son, and life for her is suddenly incomplete. We see her relationship with William rise and fall as she gives up her life and her magic to be with him. It may sound like a typical tale, but what follows is what makes this book so unique as a fairy tale. Not all love is true love, and our narrator discovers how deep love can wound.
I can’t say too much about this book without giving things away. It’s well worth picking up A Pocketful of Crows and experiencing the magic for yourself. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, but perhaps wants something new and more original. A Pocketful of Crows is a dark, harsh look at love, lust, and the differences that divide us. It’s the perfect book to leaf through on a crisp October night.
Have you read A Pocketful of Crows? What did you think? Does this look like something you’d like to read? Let me know!
*copy courtesy of Goodreads