Friday, 10 July 2009
URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Jasmyn - Alex Bell
One day, without warning, Jasmyn's husband died of an aneurysm. Since then, everything has been different. Wrapped up in her grief, Jasmyn is trapped in a world without colour, without flavour - without Liam. But even through the haze of misery she begins to notice strange events. Even with Liam gone, things are not as they should be, and eventually Jasmyn begins to explore the mysteries that have sprung up after her husband's death . . . and follow their trail back into the events of his life. But the mysteries are deeper than Jasmyn expects, and are leading her in unexpected directions - into fairytales filled with swans, castles and bones; into a tale of a murder committed by a lake and a vicious battle between brothers; into a story of a lost past, and a stolen love. She's entering a magical story. Jasmyn's story.
Whilst I wasn’t the biggest of fans for Alex’s first novel the second is more character driven than the original although yet again the tale is based on deep psychological as well as emotional stress that she really does delve into very well. Written from the first person point of view we really get to know the protagonista as she tries to overcome the events that have happened prior to the tales opening. Its well written, it has moments of pure emotional conflict however I do feel that the character really didn’t appeal to me as she didn’t feel fully formed, more a 2d cut out than a fully formed 3d woman. That said a definite improvement over her first novel but she still has a way to go for me. That said however there is a beautiful descriptiveness as well as classical fantasy additions within these pages and definitely will make me pick up her third novel if its come on as much as this from her original offering.