Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Storyteller, Antonia Michaelis

The day that Anna found the doll was the first really cold day of winter. A blue day.

When Anna finds that doll on the floor of the student lounge, everything changes. She finds out that the doll belongs to the little sister of the school drug dealer, Abel. "Anna and Abel couldn't be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prison-like tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?"

So there's the plot summarized. I read Antonia Michaelis's Tiger Moon a while ago and really enjoyed it. This book also has a similar fairy-tale like feel too it, but it's much darker. It was really moving, and quite interesting. I think it's set in Germany. At first, I was kind of bored by it and thought that it was too dark, but I got pulled into the story. The story that Abel tells Micha is that someone (her father), is trying to steal her diamond heart. He adds more episodes to the story when new developments occur, and weaves in a lot of people in their everyday life. The Storyteller also shows that not everyone is what they seem on the outside; Abel is the school drug dealer, but he deeply cares for his sister. This was another book published by Abram's. 

Read The Storyteller:
  • if you like fantasy
  • if you like dark fiction
  • if you like Antonia Michaelis
402 pages.

      Very Good! I would 
      recommend this book!

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