Friday, August 20, 2010

The Stumpwork Robe by Prue Batten

The Stumpwork Robe
by Prue Batten

Published: 2008
Genre: Fairies, Fantasy
Paperback: 272 pages
Rating: 5

Description from the author's site:
A magnificent robe . . . minikin journals hidden in the embroidery.

Eldritch wights and murder.

Tragedy and revenge.

Adelina the Traveller’s sanity is cobbled together with fraying stitches as she is held captive and must embroider a gown which may eventually conceal the keys to immortality . . .

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): hidden books

Absolutely loved the presentation of this story. The protagonist guides you to different parts of her embroidery pieces to tell her tale. Look under the bees here or lift up the berries there to reveal a magically minitiarized journal.

The wonders and woes of faeran and humans are shared in this story that has a mysteriously enchanting aura about it and is told oh-so-beautifully.

A wonderful marriage of stitchery and storytelling!

Fairy tales sightings:

The Stumpwork Robe
The Last Stitch

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  1. Amazing review!

    I haven't read any magically stitching stories since Cinderella, so I am keen on reading it. Sounds really lovely!

    Adding to my list.

  2. O this sounds awesome. You find the coolest books.

  3. I know this Prue Batten, mortal writer of whom you speak. She used to sit in the castle solar with a feather quill, which I hope was goose, not swan and write as if her life depended on it. Sometimes she even sat in the kitchen. Even when I flashed my tea-towel around she would scratch, scratch, scratch with that quill. But I shall tell you something. I, me, Lucia . . . I am the one who told her all the stories that she is writing. So I say thank you for the review, Velvet.


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