Since I knew I would be spending a lot of time trapped on an airplane (which didn’t crash afterall), I loaded up my current ebooks and got some reading done. I don’t like reading ebook format. It has nothing to do with the quality of book. It’s a sensory thing, like eating pears. Sure, they taste good but they feel like I’m eating grit. That said, I’ve had this copy of Beatrysel for a long time now and it’s one that I’ve really been wanting to read, so I did. It’s wonderful.
In the interest of honesty and full disclosure, I will say that Worthen is a friend of mine. That said, this is still a damn fine book and I wouldn’t be reviewing it otherwise.
He did a good job creating characters that I cared about. The opening scene was a little disorienting until you read further along. I thought it was an interesting choice to give us the scene and then later on (more than a few pages) give us the context for that scene. I think that choice made the scene more meaningful.
He writes beautiful prose. Seriously, never underestimate the value of a well crafted sentence. There were a couple of places where I, personally, would have worked it a little differently for smoothness and flow, but there weren’t very many of those. His writing is engaging and keeps you interested from start to finish.
I’ve always been fascinated with the occult, so this book was great for that.
If I had to sum up Beatrysel, it would be:
If light, then dark; if love, betrayal; if joy, pain.