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.
I always say that you cannot be a writer without being a reader, and you’ll find that we writers are the most voracious of readers. It would be hard for me to pick out the best books – I most of them, even some of the bad ones, and I have major respect for anyone has finished a piece of writing that large. But here are the ones I keep coming back to, like a bad relationship in a country song.