Triss wake up in her bed and the unknown is around her: she does not remember the previous day – when it seems she risked to drown in the river – and she finds hard to identify what should be well-known (her bedroom, her parents, her sister Pam who now seems to hate her). Moreover she has a hunger that seems insatiable, a symptom of an unknown illness; once discovered the truth nothing will be the same for Triss.
It’s impossible to disclose more than this – more than this vagueness that covers only the beginning chapters of Cuckoo Song – without disclosing all the imaginative and magic elements that compose this beautiful novel.
Cuckoo Song tells a magic story, extremely well-built and narrated that is also able to tell about the need of understanding who we are and to find our place in the world, and the importance of leaving behind the past, even if facing sadness and sorrow by doing so.
The writing is brilliant, the narrative style disclose enough and at the right time and the characters are the ones a reader grows found of and it’s hard to let go after ending the book (that is a must read, obviously).
* Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge ★★★★★
*I read this book in English