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by Christine Hinwood

  • Author: Christine Hinwood
  • ISBN: 0803735286
  • ISBN13: 978-0803735286
  • ePub: 1890 kb | FB2: 1706 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books (April 14, 2011)
  • Pages: 320
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 414
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Christine Hinwood has written a thought-provoking novel about the survivors of war. Her debut examines the relationships of families, the emotional displacement of surviving, and finding love in a changed world.

Christine Hinwood has written a thought-provoking novel about the survivors of war. When lives are altered after war, a community has to face those changes. Hinwood lets readers slip into another time and place, as the issue of belonging anchors us to the characters.

With extraordinary insight and literary skill, Hinwood weaves their stories to create a tale of romance, adventure and everyday life in croft and manor house and castle.

An intense story of love, loss and turmoil in the aftermath of wa. .With extraordinary insight and literary skill, Hinwood weaves their stories to create a tale of romance, adventure and everyday life in croft and manor house and castle. Her characters will hijack your heart.

Cam Attling, having lost an arm, is the only one from his town of Kayforl to return after twelve years of war.

An engrossing epic tale with a cast of characters that will hijack your heart. Cam Attling, having lost an arm, is the only one from his town of Kayforl to return after twelve years of war. All his fellow soldiers were slain, and suspicion surrounds him. When his betrothal to Graceful Fenister is called off and his role in the community questioned, Cam leaves to find the lord who maimed him but spared his life, seeking answers and a new place in the world.

Da straightened his arms and the lettuces tumbled onto the table. Pin looked- Euuw! -and moved back. The outer leaves were full of holes. The outer leaves were full of holes ide were tiny baby snails, smaller than Pin’s little fingernail. Look at the mess they’ve made. The lettuces, thought Pin, looked like tattered green lace. You ought to see it out there. It’s a plague of them

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Like Margo Lanagan, Hinwood doesn't trade in black-and-white moral absolutes but directs her attention, and ours, to the infinite shades of gray that lie between them. Alternative historical fiction. That’s what this is, the ripples. Early chapters of this extraordinary debut (published in Australia as Bloodflower in 2009) are loosely connected vignettes focusing on the ripples farthest from the center: families on the losing side whose sons didn’t return, the one son-Cam-who did, refugees who arrive and move in. Gradually, readers are drawn back to the center, to those who waged and won the war.

Christine Hinwood was born in England and grew up mostly in Australia, but also in England and America. She's always written. Bloodflower is her first novel. Genres: Young Adult Fantasy. Bloodflower (2009) aka The Returning.

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An engrossing epic tale with a cast of characters that will hijack your heart. Cam Attling, having lost an arm, is the only one from his town of Kayforl to return after twelve years of war. All his fellow soldiers were slain, and suspicion surrounds him. When his betrothal to Graceful Fenister is called off and his role in the community questioned, Cam leaves to find the lord who maimed him but spared his life, seeking answers and a new place in the world. But this is not just Cam's story, it's about all those whose fates entwine with his. Set in a medieval world that is entirely the author's creation, this is an ingenious, exquisite story about what happens after the battle. When sisters, sons, friends, parents, and lovers are left to deal with the subtle aftermaths and unimagined repercussions of war.
Arith
When Cam Attling returns from war 12 years later, he realizes he no longer fits in with his town. Cam is the only soldier from Kayforl to come back, and the villagers resent him. Even though he lost his arm during battle, they are angry that he survived while the others died. They ask him to tell them what happened to their relatives, but Cam doesn't want to talk about the war. He would rather forget all about it.

Before Cam left, he was betrothed to Graceful Fenister, but her father breaks these ties because he wants his daughter to marry better. Graceful is crushed and wonders: If Cam Attling is the best the village has to offer, then who will I end up with? She can't help but think about what her future holds.

Meanwhile, Cam's own father won't let him help on the farm. A frustrated Cam feels like he's rotting away with no work to do. Thinking he doesn't belong in Kayforl anymore, he goes back to where his enemy lives. He seeks answers from the lord who maimed him, healed him and cared for him, wanting to know why his life was spared.

In a way, all of the characters live with the enemy. While language and cultures are different, they adapt. Lord Gyaar and Graceful unite two families from each warring side --- the Uplanders and the Downlanders. Cam becomes friends with the very person who severed his arm. He comments that his own people, the Downlanders, didn't show him the mercy that Lord Gyaar did.

Christine Hinwood has written a thought-provoking novel about the survivors of war. Her debut examines the relationships of families, the emotional displacement of surviving, and finding love in a changed world. When lives are altered after war, a community has to face those changes. Hinwood lets readers slip into another time and place, as the issue of belonging anchors us to the characters.

--- Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell
Grillador
Megan Whalen Turner's rec on the cover is what got me to read this novel - I'm a big fan of her Queen's Thief series. In some ways, The Returning is similar to Turner's novels. The quietly thoughtful, introspective writing. The court intrigue. A maimed protagonist who's struggling to find a place and to regain his purpose in life. And romance - it was beautiful to see a young lady who had been deeply hurt so many times realize that she has found someone to trust and love.

In some ways this book did not live up to expectations. Several times the plot builds up to an important point, a character takes a big step... and the author skips the actual event and just shows what happens after. (Here's an example: H has a confession to make to J. H dreads this quite a bit. H goes to find J. But in the next paragraph, the big conversation is over and after all this tension we only see the aftermath of H's revelation to J.) To me, that is an author's way of taking the easy way out.
Also several times in the novel, the storyline skips forward a few years without any indication. After some careful attention, it is easy to follow, but it has a disruptive affect on the reader - I had to take myself out of the story and realize, oh, it's skipped three years again!

But those are both minor points. The big disappointment for me was the inclusion of mildly explicit adult content in several places. I know that some people won't be bothered by that at all, but I am. One particularly empathetic character whom I loved becomes involved in an affair, which is quite a let down. But even then - why write everything? Why not just hint at what's going on? We don't need to know the details. It was all gratuitous and turns this otherwise mature, intelligent book into a something I can't recommend to my sisters or friends. One of the reasons I love Turner's novels is that while they are adult in style and comprehension, they are quite clean. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for this book. Christine Hinwood is writing another novel set in the same world as this. I sincerely hope that she will leave out the dirt this time, because I am willing to give her writing one more try.
Samuhn
Cam Attling left his hometown of Kayforl to fight in the war. Just a boy when he joined, Cam lost an arm but is the only person from Kayforl to survive the combat. He knows his fortune occurred because Lord Gyaar, son to the winning side's ruler, allowed him to live.

At home, he finds the townsfolk resent his surviving when other loved ones died. His family wants him to leave as they are embarrassed he came back alive while his engagement to Graceful Fenister ends ungracefully when she wants nothing to do with him. Cam leaves Kayforl for the second time in search of the Lord who spared him to learn why. On his quest for the truth he becomes friends with a boy and meets others like Diido who lost everything to the war.

This is an engaging novel that looks deeply at the impact of war on the returning vets and those in the home-front. The living must move on emotionally with what happened to their loved ones and yet must rebuild their devastated world in order to survive the ordeal. Although being an in depth character study including looking at villages like Kayforl limits the action and slows the pace deliberately as Christine Hinwood cleverly avoids dumbing down with her powerful tale that respects the middle school audience as intelligent caring readers.

Harriet Klausner
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