Book Review: Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings (Fantasy)
Title: Flyaway Author: Kathleen Jennings Publisher:Pan Macmillan Australia Publication Date: 28 July 2020 Pages: 192 Format: Paperback Genre: Fantasy Source: ARC from Publisher
Strange what chooses to flourish here. Which plants. Which stories.
Scott lives a tidy, quiet life in Runagate, tending to her delicate
mother and their well-kept garden after her father and brothers
disappear - until a note arrives that sends Bettina into the scrublands
beyond, searching for answers about what really happened to this town,
and to her family.
For this is a land where superstitions hunt and folk tales dream - and power is there for the taking, for those willing to look.
Part-folk story, part-horror, Flyaway was an interesting read. Although it's a short book, I found I did need to pay careful attention to get all the nuances of the story. I liked the prose style and the premise, and Jennings execution of the piece generally worked well. However, I never found myself captivated with it in the way I would have liked; I remained somewhat detached from the story and characters as I read. Overall, I would give this book 3.5 stars. It has something interesting to offer to fans for folklore/fairy tale-inspired fantasy and may also appeal to readers of lighter horror works.
I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.