Monday, 27 June 2011

Review - The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley

Blurb from the back cover

Corinna Stonewall is fifteen years old and an orphan. She is also Rhysbridge Foundling Home's Folk Keeper - a difficult and dangerous job which consists of looking after and controlling 'the Folk' - spiteful, maverick, savage creatures who live in the cellar and will only be prevented from spoiling the milk, terrifying the livestock and other disruptions by gifts of cream, salt pork and similar luxuries. But there are many questions about Corinna. Who are her parents? Why does her hair grow two inches a night? Why is she always drawn to the sea and long for the sweet taste of fish?

My review

I am torn between giving it a 2 or a 3 to be honest. The first 3 quarters of the book is about The Folk and Corinnas job. It is only when you get this far in and the story develops a twist that you understand (or at least start to) the build up. I still found it quite confusing as when you get to the end The Folk didn't really have to be in it (I felt) and the last quarter was the actual real story.

Perhaps I just don't have the imagination and that maybe I missed what the author was trying to do but I felt it didn't pick up until the last quarter and The Folk angle wasn't required. I really enjoyed the latter part of the book but even after finishing it I don't get the relevance to The Folk.

3 of 5 for me and the 3 is purely based on the part of the story I liked, the rest is definately a 2. I have another book by this author and will certainly read it but with this one I just didn't get a big chunk of it.

1 comment:

Well from I first started reviewing

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