Saturday, October 19, 2013
Review: The Meri
The Meri by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Spiritual coming-of-age
Reading Level: YA
Recommended for: fans of spiritually based fantasy
Trigger Warnings: (implied) rape, child abuse
My Thoughts: I spent a lot of this book somewhat confused, as the story seems to mix Christianity with Briton Paganism. The names are Cymric (Welsh). I've designated this as fantasy, but I'm not sure if it is. Maybe it's historical fiction? I have no idea, I can't quite figure it out.
Nonetheless, it was an interesting story. Mereddyd (pronounced Meredith) is a complex character who comes into her spirituality through the course of this book. While there is some action, this story is more about the journey, about understanding, and about her thoughts and dreams, so readers will need to enjoy the journey more than action. If this sounds like your sort of thing, be sure to check this story out. It is the first book in a series. The next book is called Taminy and the third is The Crystal Rose. They were originally released in the 1990s, and are being re-released by Bookview Cafe.
Disclosure: I received an e-book copy of this from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: In the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Cyne Colfre, a fifteen year-old girl named Mereddyd-a-Lagan sought to wield powers reserved, until now, for men. Would she attain the station of Osraed ... or die a heretic like the one who went before her?
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