Thursday, March 30, 2017
Gather Her Round (Tufa #5) by Alex Bledsoe
Kera Rogers set out one afternoon to practice her music at a favorite spot in the woods. A text conversation with her boyfriend abruptly cuts off and Kera is believed to have fallen victim to the wild hogs, led by a monstrous, seemingly supernatural one. When the young man she was seeing behind her boyfriend's back is the next to die, the plot, as they say, thickens. One of the things I particularly enjoyed about this tale was the telling: the split format of an adult Janet at the Smoky Mountain storytelling festival, relating the tale while intertwining her music and the basic narrative unwinding the memory of a happening in her girlhood.
If you've read any of the Tufa series, you may see characters you've met in other books, but if you've never come to Cloud County in your reading before, this, as with any of the books in the series, gives an easy glide in, without a preponderance of fill-in to catch you up.
Bottom line: thank you Alex Bledsoe. You keep writing; I'll keep reading.
Thank you to Tor Books for this copy.