Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
There wasn’t another way to see Marrowdell. There was another Marrowdell to be seen.
As far as fairy tales go, A Turn of Light is simply delightful. Czerneda creates the world of Marrowdell, a tiny village that is tucked away from the rest of society. It’s home to a variety of residents, all of which were forced there many years after being exiled from their homes. Over the years they have grown to love and trust their quaint village and not question it’s mysteries.
Living in Marrowdell her entire life, 18-year-old Jenn Nalynn longs to travel past its boarders and explore the world. Her father forbidding it, Jenn finds comfort in her meadow and with her lifelong friend Wisp, who comes to her simply as a warm breeze whispering in her ear and playfully dancing around her. It’s not long before Jenn realizes that she, Wisp, and Marrowdell all have something in common. None of them are as they seem at first glance. Marrowdell is home to two worlds, the one she knows and the Verge, which is home to Wisp, whose true form is a dragon, as well as many other creatures. Being born as a part of both worlds, Jenn is turn-born and as full of magic as Marrowdell itself. With the realization that she is turn-born and possesses magic, Jenn also discovers that she will fade away at the end of the summer when the Great Turn arrives, bringing with it a solar eclipse. With the help of Wisp, her sister Peggs, and Bannan Larmensu, a new-to-Marrowdell truthseerer who is rapidly becoming more than just a friend to the girl, she fights to save herself and the Verge.
If you are looking for a quick, easy read this book is not it. However, if you are looking for something long and comforting to curl up on the couch with for hours, A Turn of Light is wonderful. This book was much slower paced than a lot that I normally find myself reading, and I found that very refreshing. Czerneda possesses the ability to create a land so detailed you’ll forget it isn’t real. She paints a vivid picture of Marrowdell as well as it’s many inhabitants. And if you find yourself forgetting who a few of those inhabitants are she saves you the trouble of flipping back through the book by adding a wonderful list of characters in the back.
My favorite characters from the book were the main ones; Jenn, Bannan, and Wisp. Throughout the story the narrator moves the focus from one character to another, allowing us to get a personal feel for each and understand each individuals take on the situation. I loved that. They are beautifully written characters that possess both strengths and weaknesses. With Bannan and Wisp, we not only see their joys, but we begin to understand their past struggles. Bannan was a particular favorite for me because he was an outsider to Marrowdell, so we get to see the village through the eyes of someone that hasn’t always called it home. He has left his service in the guard to find somewhere peaceful to live and accidentally stumbles upon the small village and almost immediately finds himself at home there. The friendship and romance that forms between he and Jenn is beautifully written, as is his encounters with the other characters. As far as heroines go, Jenn proves to be a worthy one. In the beginning we see her as a girl and somewhat childish and selfish. But as the story builds we watch her grow and change into a confident woman who cares a great deal for her home and those she loves.
This review barely skims the well written story that is A Turn of Light. There are so many intriguing characters and such a marvelous world created that I could go on and on. But I think it’s better if you discover all that Marrowdell has to offer on your own.