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Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood by Meredith Anne Pierce

Description: In Brown Hannahís hair grows flowers that she must pluck for the wizardís as she watches young heroes ride into the Tanglewood in search of the treasure.

The secret of this story isnít really the nature of the treasure. Thatís fairly obvious. Whatís important in this story is the wonderful stretch into seasons.

Hannah begins the story unnaturally frozen in the brown season. Gray and chill. Forgetful. Isolated even from herself. Itís about stretching out into the world in that first Maidenís journey.

Meredith Pierce has a wonderful languorous control of the English language. Not mere yellows, but saffrons and russets. A luscious roll into the seasonal.

The Shape Changerís Wife by Sharon Shinn

Description: A young wizard, Aubrey, is apprenticed to a master shape changer, but gradually comes to see shape of things for himself.

The mystery here is a bit more serpentine that in the Treasure, but this is also a perfect book to greet spring.

Thereís an insidious pull to the shapechanger, Glyrendenís evil. The subtle horror of forcing things from their natural design. Imposing oneís will on the heart of things for amusement.

Aubreyís journey into becoming himself and learning the price of knowledge is exactly what I would expect from Shinn. Complex, luminous, brilliant.



Primavera by Francesca Lia Block

Description: Young Primavera lives in a paradise, soft, lush, suffocating. She longs for hard, brittle adventure. So, into the desert and the cities she rides.

The story of Persephone in a post apocalyptic world where radiation has created mutant centaurs and mermaids and Primavera, who when she sings makes the world bloom flowers.

A classic journey from innocence into adulthood with all the attendant descents into the abyss and climb into the sun. Whatís interesting about this version is that we not only read Primaveraís perspective, but that of her parents Calliope and Dionisio's and of several other characters.

The prose is strewn with razor candy flowers and wounded Rivers, plucking their own feathers in the city of the lost. Not really a light read, but if youíre in the mood for dense rich, brew up a pot of tea and enjoy.
 

 
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