Orion is a Subpar, a sub-species of human adapted to survive in the deadly cirium mines. It is there she toils to mine her quota so that she might be allowed to live in the Utopian city of Alara. But, this is not a fairytale, so things can only go downhill from the day she approaches her quota.
Riverkeep tells the story of Wulliam, fifteen coming sixteen, and soon to take over the role of Riverkeep from his father. As Riverkeep, it is their job to tend it – they keep its guiding laterns lit, they stop it icing over and the they have the dubious pleasure of fishing out the corpses of the drowned.
Heartless is the story of how Catherine, the daughter of the Marquess of Rock Turtle Cove became the Queen of Hearts, the pantomime villain from Alice in Wonderland. The problem with retellings is the fact that we often know how the story will end, so the journey must be an enjoyable one to get us to our destination. Meyer pulls it off perfectly in Heartless – it’s got a tough protagonist, a forbidden romance and all the weirdness of Wonderland to get us to our heartbreaking and strangely satisfying ending.
The best book I’ve read in a long time. I was gripped immediately from the start and had to see the story through to the end. Let’s start with the actual physical book – the cover was beautiful, with each of the three crowns detailing the three queens to perfection, and the rough edges created the impression that book had washed up from the island of Fennbirn, ready to spill its dark secrets to me.