Friday, 27 May 2016

A Courtroom of Ashes by CS Wilde

ReviewerJJ Marsh

What we thought: This fantastic, roller-coaster, mind-bending adventure tests the limits of belief. But keep the faith because there are hidden depths.

A young lawyer at a New York law firm rewards herself. Monetary if not moral successes earn her a mirror wall in her bedroom. Recycled mirrors have history, and so does she.

The mirror is a portal to the world of Death – and there’s someone on the other side Santana Jones really needs to talk to.

In this tale of otherworldly experience and emotional intelligence, Wilde blends realism and fantasy to an extraordinary degree. The main character is plausible and layered, the worlds she inhabits feel familiar and the descriptions of locations are practically poetic. Witty allusions abound and despite the tension, you will snort with laughter, I guarantee.

Wild, fanciful and occasionally absurd, the undeniable pace and personality drive this story with a furious energy. Shove JRR Tolkein, Philip K Dick and Ally McBeal into a blender and add some chilli pepper and you’re almost there. But this book has a rough, raw flavour all its own.

I look forward to reading more from this exceptional voice.

You’ll enjoy this if you liked: Rats by JW Hicks, Kimi's Secret by John Hudspith or Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Avoid if you don’t like: Inexplicable occurrences, fantasy/reality mix, violence.

Ideal accompaniments: Fresh bread, harissa and a tequila slammer.

Genre: Fantasy, contemporary, YA

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