Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

Musings about language, books, grammar, and writing in general

Review: Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, is an excellent book with only one fault — which is one of the things I have issues with a lot of modern writers. There are several spots where scenes are repeated word for word from other places in the book. To me, it means that at least one of the repeated scenes is filler, and it annoys the heck out of me.

Other than that, the book contains two major storylines, which finally do melt into each other (and in a pretty satisfying way, too). Each storyline is pretty thoroughly explored, so you feel as if you know the characters involved. It’s also about growing into who you really are as a person. And, like many of the books I seem to be coming across these days, it’s about stories. So much of what we learn comes through stories, and it seems that we as a people are finally beginning to realize the importance of stories in our lives.

I note that this book is a bit out of my wheelhouse, being about the West, with the earlier story taking place around the end of the Gold Rush, but that doesn’t make it less interesting. In fact, I would say that the different setting might be one of the elements which forces you to look at the stories being told.

So, if you can live with my one caveat, you should give this book a try.

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