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Book Title: The Blue Witch|
The author of the book: Kevis Hendrickson
ISBN 13: 9781468149531
Date of issue: March 28th 2012
Format files: PDF
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To bewitch readers, a story must have a heart. Without the ebb and flow of a pulse, a story is dead on arrival.
Many readers first judge a novel by its cover. At a glance, the average reader would assume that The Blue Witch by Kevis Hendrickson would be about a blue witch. Wrong. The blue witch, who is actually a black witch in disguise, does not appear until the halfway point and then only shows up on a few pages. One would be hard-pressed to find a reason for her existence at all, except for the fact that the genre requires a magical character. Instead, the story is about a royal couple separated by an evil ruler who lusts after the queen. Sound familiar? The trigger to her kidnapping is the fact that her husband urges her to perform a suggestive dance for guests, thus echoing the convergence of Uther and Ygraine, but without the gravitas.
The story, written in the form of a fairy tale, takes place in an imaginary, unearthly world. Flowery language might well be expected, but because the novel does not take place on the earth, it is hard to understand why the author chose to drown the prose under a deluge of old and early English words sometimes improperly used and often overused. For example, the word fell is used over sixty-two times in this short novel. A reader not well versed in old English would need a dictionary by his side to understand the text. This issue in itself would be enough to marginalize readers, except for those few who are heavily versed and or invested in this sort of style. Why the single quotation marks, which are preferred in the United Kingdom, not in the United States? In addition, the author includes poems/chants, one of which improperly employs the caesura/diaeresis without concern for enjambment, end stops, or meter in something less than traditional hexameter. All this detracts attention from the story and implies authorial arrogance.
Even if a reader can forgive feeling belittled by the author's tone of superiority, he will be left cold by the characters, none of whom are drawn clearly enough to elicit admiration. Although it is true that the original conventions of the fairy tale limited character depth and history, these conventions are usually adapted, especially in fantasy, to make the form current with present literary conventions and the imperatives of modern readers. Today, readers insist on a personal connection with the players, especially if those players mirror their own concerns. Here, the characters are so flat that they read like cardboard cutouts in a shadow play. Not one has a personality, a back-story, or most damning of all, believable motivations. There is no reason to care if they live or die. It is as though they wander in a dream, bounced back and forth by events that are not foreshadowed or established before they occur. The women are most lacking of all. They are nothing other than nauseatingly beautiful.
The most crucial technical failing of all is the fact that missing in The Blue Witch are important literary elements of the fairy tale such as symbolism and transformation. Both of these are as important to the modern tale as they were to the original form. Without symbolism, the reader never connects with the collective ethos. Without substantial transformation, the reader has no exemplar, and there is no moral lesson for him cherish.
This story has no heart.
The author is not without skill. Except for a suffocating over-reliance on "tell," he has a good command of language, an artistic visual sense, and creativity. If he were to peel away the affectations and revisit the skeleton of this tale following the lead of fantasy writers who insist on well-thought-out plots and characters with depth and laudable characteristics, he could no doubt create a visually pleasing and satisfying tale.
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Read information about the authorKevis Hendrickson is the author of eight Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, including The Legend of Witch Bane and the Rogue Hunter series. His second novel Rogue Hunter: Quest of the Hunter won the Red Adept Annual Indie Award (2010) for 'Top Science Fiction'. His most recent novel is Rogue Hunter: Valor. The sixth book in the series, Rogue Hunter: Death Moon, is scheduled for release in 2017. Along with an epic fantasy re-telling of Cinderella, he is working on a brand new urban fantasy series which also makes its debut this year. He has also published one novella, one epic poem, one non-fiction book, and eight short stories.
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