RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars
The year is 1618, and Allakau is different from the other members of the Alaskan Yupik tribe. His people survive by hunting, but Allakau is unable to kill or eat flesh. As another season reaches its end and winter approaches, Allakau encounters a narwhal with silver eyes similar to his own. He saves the creature’s life but incurs his father’s wrath, and Allakau is given one last chance to prove himself a productive part of the tribe or be left behind to die. As he spends time alone in the woods, clues about his past and destiny begin to fall into place with the aid of another silver-eyed creature. His hunt might finally lead him to the truth about what sets him apart and where he belongs—if he can survive it.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”
Allakau is different, he can’t hunt and he can’t eat the preys his father and brother kill to feed their family. Now he has three days until his family leaves the fishing camp for the village where the Yupik tribe is in the winter season. Three days to spend in the woods, kill an animal and finally become a man, otherwise he will be no more accepted by his father. What Allakau will find is his true nature and his eternal mate.
With just two books read, Brandon Witt has become one of my favorite authors, Under a Sky of Ash and Then the Stars Fall were simply beautiful. This novellas in the “A Walk on the Wild Side” anthology was another surprise.
Shifting Silver is a short gem, it’s powerful and mystical. The author did an amazing job with his talanted writing, the scenes were all evocative, the descriptions clear and the world building great. I felt myself into the book as rarely happens. All the characters were well defined, Lucien and Fidelis were almost ethereal, and Allakau’s mum was awesome, ready to leave her whole family to be beside her special son. I have no idea if the author is a natural or behind his writing there’s a deep research, but in this little story each word had its own meaning and was beautifully delivered, I was in awe through till the epilogue.
Shifting Silver is another recommended read by Brandon Witt. It conquered me. Give it a try.
The cover art by Catt Ford fits the story just right. I like it.
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ebook, 49 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English