Saturday, January 9, 2016

Krim Du Shaw

Haven, T. (2016). Krim Du Shaw. Sheehan & Haven.

Middle Grade / YA / Short Story / Fantasy / Mythology / Folk Tale

I gave this story 4 out of 5 Stars

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My Blurb (also on Goodreads): Krim was just a colt when the stallions of the Du Shaw herd led him and the mares to the stone building with its tall walls and heavy wooden door. The mares knew what the stallions yearned for, and they knew what would happen if the stallions gave in. But for Krim, it would be much later before he would discover for himself what lies beyond the stone wall.

I really have enjoyed the short stories written by Talia Haven. This is the third I've read, and each is completely different from the other in subject and style.  Also, with each story, Ms. Haven's writing is improving and evolving.   

Krim Du Shaw was the best edited story I have read yet, and it dives into the realm of mythology and the impact humans have on nature. The story moves along steadily and without revealing any spoilers, suffice it to say that Haven does a great job in building up a specific feeling of anticipation so that the ending is not necessarily a surprise, but it shocks and saddens and satisfies nonetheless.

This is an extremely short story, but it's a welcome break from long and intense books that require a big time investment.  I look forward to more stories from Ms. Haven and really hope to see a book of short stories down the road so that all these lovelies are in one volume, along with their compelling illustrations created by Sytiva Sheehan.

Thank you to the author for providing me an eBook in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give.  

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