Other Kingdoms

Other Kingdoms

Book - 2011
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For over half a century, Richard Matheson has enthralled and terrified readers with such timeless classics as I Am Legend , The Incredible Shrinking Man , Duel , Somewhere in Time , and What Dreams May Come . Now the Grand Master returns with a bewitching tale of erotic suspense and enchantment.� 1918. A young American soldier, recently wounded in the Great War, Alex White comes to Gatford to escape his troubled past. The pastoral English village seems the perfect spot to heal his wounded body and soul. True, the neighboring woods are said to be haunted by capricious, even malevolent spirits, but surely those are just old wives' tales.Aren't they?A frightening encounter in the forest leads Alex into the arms of Magda Variel, an alluring red-haired widow rumored to be a witch. She warns him to steer clear of the wood and the perilous faerie kingdom it borders, but Alex cannot help himself. Drawn to its verdant mysteries, he finds love, danger� and wonders that will forever change his view of the world. Other Kingdoms casts a magical spell, as conjured by a truly legendary storyteller.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765327680
Characteristics: 316 p. 22 cm.

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LonerMau5
Nov 26, 2014

This book is one of those books that has stuck with me, even after 3 year have passed since I read it. The portrayal of the witch is a bit messed up but, I don't believe it was an intentional stab at the Wiccan way. Just one side to the coin of that culture. The love between the protagonist and the fae was very touching to me. All in all, I believe that this book is worth the read if you feel like being lost in a realm that is mystical but, still includes the mundane realm in which we dwell :)

Ps, I've never read any of this Author's other work so, that may be why I was so fond of this book.

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Browncoat
Jul 13, 2014

I was disappointed in this book. Having read I Am Legend, I expected something of similar quality. Instead, I felt like I was reading something by a totally different author. The characters were one-dimensional. I found it difficult to identify with the protagonist; he frequently referenced his father and his dislike of him, but very little background information was given and little attempt was made to resolve the problem. It seemed to be a big part of his life, but we never learn much about it. The book in general read like a teenage boy's fantasy; two women fighting over him while he has lots of sex with both of them. I'm also not impressed with the negative portrayal of Wicca - it seemed intentional. I found it difficult to read through to the end.

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