Gh that I think that can be overlooked The characters are Adventures in the Anthropocene likable and realistically flawed uirky without being caricatures and the fairies are true to folklore scary Like any good fairy story The Knowing is ultimately about choices and I found myself rooting for Janey to make the right ones to triumph in the end and win or win back perhaps the things sheoved most It is rare to find a book that handles multiple compelling narratives and handles them
"Well But The Knowing Is Just Such "but The Knowing is just such book The use of inks within the ebook text to jump between narratives gives a real sense of the narratives being separate and ongoing outside what is written while not detracting from the flow of the novel itself It s an interesting use of the technology that works really well in what it sets out to do to give the reader the choice of reading the initially hidden NARRATIVES OR TO ALLOW THEM TO READ THE MAIN or to allow them to read the main and then the related narratives afterwards I feel the choice of the reader mirrors Janey s choice to read Kirk s Journal or not it gives the reader a i. T goes deep This is no ight heated twee faerytale as so many books about the subject prove to be but a serious excursion into the Otherworld It’s fast paced inventive enough to hold the attention and has a strong believable set of characters especially the heroine who walks off the page again and again For all those fascinated by faery by the ancient and mysterious world of the Celts this is for you John Matthews author Fairylands and The Secret Life of Elves and Fairie. Iries in the modern world The Knowing stands apart from most fiction because of the amount of research that obviously went into it The story is built on the actual history of Reverend Robert Kirk and his 17th century book The Secret Commonwealth of Elves Fauns and Fairies but takes that history and then conjectures
"What If What If Everything "if What if everything wrote was true What if Kirk actually was taken by the fairies as folklore says he was What if he is still their prisoner And then it builds it s own story from there creating a tale of one of Kirk s descendants her own tragedy and struggles and her own possibly inevitable entanglement with Fairy Its hard not to get pulled into the tale and I found myself uickly wanting to know what would happen to Janey the main character if she d overcome her own personal challenges if she d win out in the end There are a few minor things an American reader might take issue with points where its clear that the book set mostly in America wasn t written by someone intimately familiar mostly in America wasn t written by someone intimately familiar the culture but the story is strong enou. Th Fairy Lore Assailed by supernatural forces she is forced to act – to journey to Scotland to Nobodys Child lay to rest the ghost of Kirk and to accept the double edged gift she has inherited the gift of Second Sight the Knowing A remarkable book about the perils of faery the even greater perils of possessing the Second Sight the Knowing of the title and a than surface account of theore of the faery themselves Kevan Manwaring is a skilful storyteller and his knowledge of the subjec.
Review The KnowingThe Knowing by Kevan Manwaring is slotted into the Paranormal Urban Fantasy category on but I think it has a much wider appeal than that This tale manages to span centuries continents and realms while wider appeal than that This tale manages to span centuries continents and realms while eminently readable On the surface it s the story of a woman coming to terms with her inherited Second Sight ability and the Stanleys Garage losses she has faced inife But beneath that Defending The Guilty levelurks the age old folklore of Scotland and the Appalachians sister ands and the possibility that there that evel Pack of Cards and Other Stories lurks the age old folklore of Scotland and the Appalachians sisterands and the possibility that there to existence than just those things our scientific instruments can measure Manwaring s novel feels true in the way that certain stories do as if the author hadn t written it so much as discovered it already complete and ready to be revealed I always enjoy any book that portrays The Fey As The Crafty Dangerous Being Fey as the crafty dangerous being are no sparkly Victorian winged flowers here I won t give away the Cause Shes a Good Girl long series of twists turns and surprises this tale offers except to say that humans have always ha One of the better urban fantasies out there taking on the subject of traditional fa. Janey McEttrick is a Scottish American musician descended from aong An Act of Courage (Matthew Hervey, line of female singers Sheives near Asheville North Carolina where she plays in a jobbing rock band and works part time at a vintage record store Thirty something and spinning wheels she seems doomed to smoke and drink herself into an early grave until one day she receives a mysterious journal – apparently from a The House by the Thames longost Scottish ancestor the Reverend Robert Kirk a 17th Century minister obsessed wi. ,