What? A review? Surely that must mean that I have actually finished reading a book?
Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself but I think I am creeping out of the reading slump that I have been stuck in for the last few months. Over the last week or two, I have been reading again at last and really enjoying some wonderful books.
The first such book is The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. I picked this book up months and months ago after meeting Natasha Pulley at a book event at Waterstone’s Newcastle. I was blown away by hearing her speak about her writing and I knew I needed to read some of her work! The Bedlam Stacks is all about Merrick Tremayne, an ex-East India Company smuggler. Merrick has been left at home after an injury until he is sent on a dangerous mission to Peru in search of quinine.
When he arrives in Peru, Merrick realises that it is not so easy to seperate fact from fairy tale. Very few things make sense or line up with his expectations.
This was where The Bedlam Stacks really came into its own for me. The touches of magical realism truly elevated it from an adventure story to something epic that I was utterly hooked on. I loved the suspense of not knowing what could happen next or how Merrick would cope in the impossible situation he had found himself in. It was hard to resist the urge to race through the story just to find out what happened at the end. Taking the time to pace myself was well worth it though because it meant that I got to enjoy the beautiful writing in all its glory.
This novel is epic and magical in equal portions and unlike anything I have read in a long time. It is well worth a read!