About the book
Published:19th October 2017
Pages: 256 Pages
I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.
(The Child Ballads, 295)
So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.
Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.
Based on the poem The Child Ballads, the Pocketful of Crows is a magical tale of love and revenge.
An unnamed young girl living alone in the forest randomly falls in love with a Lord’s son called William. Their passionate relationship is soon short-lived due to his betrayal. Naturally, the girl is upset and wants to seek revenge.
They are two very different worlds which collide to produce a beautiful piece of writing. The girl is travelling folk and William is royal blooded. I’m a sucker for this type of relationship, cheesy, but loveable. However, William and the girl’s love is sincere.
The Pocketful of Crows is beautiful. A welcomed genre that I haven’t devoured in a long time. More mythical than fantasy, but still a great piece of imaginary fiction. Focusing on each season, Joanne brilliantly describes nature and immerses you in the girl’s world. You could picture it perfectly. Part of me wanted to go outside and just lay in the autumn leaves.
One of my favourite things about the girl was her ability to transform into different animals. She flies with birds, scurries as little creatures and hunts as a fox. When reading, I often felt that I was the girl living her life and feeling her emotions.
You can read an extract from the book here.