Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Book Review: Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno

I think this is the quickest book I have read in a long time. Let me rephrase that, I couldn't put it down! Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno is a gorgeous book to read. A romantic, contemporary mixed with myth and legends. The book just flows so effortlessly and Esther's writing is so magical and gripping, that I read this book in just four days.

May contain spoilers...You have been warned.

A lonely farm boy.
A girl with swallow's wings.
An ancient city buried in a volcano.
A mystery old as blood and bone.

Gabriel lives in a small town in Italy. Son of a peasant winemaker. His mother has some sort of mental illness. This makes Gabriel an easy target for bullies at his school. The only place he feels truly happy about his life is in his dreams, where his family's vineyard is successful, he has friends and a girlfriend. However, this is a secret he is reluctant to tell anyone about, as they become more vivid and real. Then one day, Gabriel finds an injured girl with bird like tendencies in the woods near his home and his life changes forever.

The story starts when Gabriel is a young child, which threw me a little as in the prologue it suggested he was a young man. With that a side, the majority of the book takes place in the fifties and we see Gabriel grow from a child to a young man. There are so many twists and turns, it kept me fascinated and eager to read more. However, I would have liked to have learnt more about Volatile, the mysterious being with crosses in his eyes and the ancient city underneath the town. Hopefully we will in book two.

My review doesn't give it justice. Gabriel and the Swallows is such a beautifully written book. Esther knows how to transport you into her magical world. I didn't really know what to expect, as it is something I wouldn't normally go for. It did take me the first few chapters to get into it and figure out what was going on. After that, I loved it. By the end I was wanting more and I am sat here, eagerly waiting for the next instalment. 

If it isn't something you would read, then you should give this a try.

If you have read Gabriel and the Swallows, what did you think?


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