The Grass King's Concubine by Kerri Sperring
This is a wonderful tale about adventure to the unknown as well as finding your roots. In this story a young girl gets a hint about a wonderful world. She then devotes the rest of her life to trying to find this wonderful place, her Shining Place, as well as trying to figure out where her wealth and family lineage comes from. However, she gets more than she bargains for when she realizes that not everything makes sense about her lineage. When she finally get to this place she has dreamed about for so long, she realizes all is not well in her Shining Place and that its inhabitants expect her to be the key to restoring their realm.
In this story of adventure, Sperring captures and creates this wonderful "other" world for her readers. She manages to keep you on your toes, clutching the edge of your seat, or hugging the blanket to you with every turn of the page. her grasp on descriptions particularly that of the surrounding of the Shining Place, can almost make you smell the oranges that are a common occurrence for her main female character. Sperring also manages to leave her novel open enough to be able to continue the story, but also doesn't leave a reader hanging in suspense.
Now on to some technical things. In the copy that I have, there are quite a few typos and things that did not get processed out when it was edited. In having all of these typos it would jar me very suddenly out of my readers trance as I call it, and it detracted from the novel. However, despite this I still feel that If you like stories about adventure and discovery, you should definitely go and read this book.
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