The author takes a wonderfully romantic fable the virgin and a fantastic beast and adapts it for an historical, multicultural, male male romance setting The work explores both modern concepts vegetarian animal lover and ancient myths in a distant and unique setting, allowing the story to ensconce conflicting values into the heart of the setting The need in many societies to hunt for simple survival is contrasted with both modern ideas of what is truly humane along with traditional values regarding purity and even Buddhist and similar philosophies regarding the importance of preventing animal suffering.As rich as these ingredients are baked into the general setting and initial struggles, the story continues on to explore traditional romance themes, albeit with a nicely paranormal and mythical touch The resolution of a main plot issue towards the end included additional interesting fantasy elements, but also wrapped up fairly quickly as it is only a work of novella length Overall, the set up was intriguing, the relationship issues nicely magical, mythical elements effectively interwoven, and the ultimate reunion a bit passionate.I was absolutely thrilled with the initial recognition reunion scene, and very much enjoyed the intercultural and mythical interplay in the setting and the story I was disappointed in the physical part of the reunion, almost to the point where I think it might have been better if the sex was left out entirely comments and full review Shifting Silver is a story based on Inuit legends and mythology, set in Alaska in the early seventeenth century, and had my interest from the moment I read the blurb Allakau is fundamentally different from the tribespeople he lives with, and that difference is too big to bridge once he grows up Diversity is not something they value, and the consequences for Allakau are serious I was curious to find out his secret, and following the slow unraveling of the truth was a joy This story reads much like a fairy tale, and contains not just a fascinating personal history for Allakau, but also some wonderfully mysterious and magical creatures Allakau is one of five children of an Inuit couple making a life in the wilds of Alaska They depend on fishing and hunting for survival, and with Allakau unable to take an animal s life or eat flesh in a society that depends on hunting for survival, he becomes a burden He is not contributing to his family s survival, and no matter how much pressure his father exerts, Allakau cannot do it His mother understands him, and believes there is to him than meets the eye, but her voice is one of many and not enough to stop Allakau s father from issuing an ultimatum come back with a kill within three days or be exiled And even though that means certain death in the harsh winter, Allakau does not relent.As hopeless as his situation seems, spending time alone in the forest allows him to think about his ability to attract animals One thing leads to another, and Allakau encounters another creature with the silver eyes that set him apart from the humans he used to live with, and this is the beginning of a wondrous journey of discovery that leads to a very unexpected and magical outcome.If you like legends and mystical creatures who live and breathe magic, if you want to see a lonely man find his destiny in an unexpected way, and if you re looking for a read that will transport you to a different world, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do Simply magical NOTE This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews. The Year Is , 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 Daily Dose Package A Walk On The Wild Side Well, I m in the mood for fantasy, reading and rereading a few of them at the moment, and this little fantasy novella came along and knocked my socks off Beautiful writing and themes Wonderful characters High emotion Great depth for the word count It s a part of DSP 2016 Daily Dose Full review at REVIEW Scattered Thoughts and Rogue WordsAllakau 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 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. Yet again, I wondered why the Raven had made me so I d been formed in some flawed manner Though born into the Yupik tribe, I was other Our very name meant real person.I was not Not like any other I d known No matter how much I loved them, nor how much they loved me or had previously loved me I was different.The real live concept of other , needlessly experienced every minute of every day by so many people.This story brings it to life in a dreamlike yet clear cut vision.There s also hope, in particular the hope that comes from love as expressed through acceptance, by way of refusing to take part in the use of other at all I could almost hear him He was telling me his name I was certain The sound was right there So close Whispering faintly in my ear, just out of reach.As usual, Witt s prose is gorgeous, filled to the brim with expression and emotion And this a cool, wonderful idea, a tantalizing possibility I believe many animals feel and understand than for what a lot of people give them credit They understand They interpret They communicate.The sometimes staccato rhythm of the prose, though, possibly a style choice for this type of story A way to emphasize the imagery and its strength Could be It didn t feel 100% successful, a few times reading stiff.Witt paints a metaphor and it must have been cathartic to write, maybe bittersweet, and hopeful for sure.This is also about finding your tribe, and how empowering and fulfilling and soul feeding it can be because you get to define and recognize when you find it.The world is tangible I could feel the frigid temperatures stealing into my bones, the ice cracking beneath my booted feet, the way falling snow dampens sound while somehow making things appear magical.I love when an author tells a story unlike any they ve shared before It gives me new things to look for, to revel in, and to learn.I mean, c mon, mythical creatures and their worldly cousins Ya can t go wrong D This story was so unique and absolutely beautiful The author was able to do some incredible world building and backstory in just a handful of pages The setting was beautifully brutal and I was completely caught up in the story from the very beginning This one is going to be a reread for me when I need a dose of a true fairy tale. Sometimes you stumble across something special, a little gem of a story that fills your heart, feeds your soul, and leaves you fulfilled Shifting Silver is such a story for me I can t think of a single thing in this story I don t adore Allakau is a wonderful protagonist and even better narrator His struggle between remaining true to himself and doing what his family expects of him was real without ever becoming over dramatic I m so grateful that there were no truly horrid characters in this story Allakau s father s decision may seem harsh, but even with him the reader knows he does what he believes is best for his son and their tribe, and he had no way of knowing differently The ending to this story was perfect and left me with a huge smile on my face All too often when I read a short story like this one I m left somewhat unsatisfied Not this time The whole story is here, nothing is missing While I wouldn t have minded spending time with Allakau co, I m not sure story would have improved this fabulous tale.This is a magical story set in a mythical past It talks about enduring love and soul mates and shared the most wonderful message Being other does not mean being less The descriptions of nature and creatures are breathtakingly beautiful and vivid I could almost feel the cold, see the snow, and touch the animals I m so happy I read Shifting Silver it was a wonderful reading experience. A lovely tale of mysticism and wonder, Shifting Silver, by Brandon Witt, is a complete tale packaged in a short story that is bound to make you sigh and smile at its whimsy and beauty Set long before the land known as Alaska came into being, the story follows members of the Yupic tribe, specifically a small family that has several daughters and two sons One is like his father, a hunter and meat eater, the other, Allakau, walks to the beat of a different drum one that worries and angers his father.Allakau cannot bring himself to slay the seals, or any creature for that matter, or partake of their flesh This sets him apart, makes him strange, and in order to continue as a member of the tribe, he must make his first kill So after another disastrous hunting trip, his father delivers the ultimatum Allakau will have three days in which to return with his first kill or be left behind, never to be with his family again Now it is up to Allakau to either slay a creature or walk alone for the rest of his life but fate has other plans for the young, peaceful man, and for the first time his soul will truly feel what it is like to be home.Brandon Witt weaves a complete and fantastical tale, rich with spirituality and mysticism From an outcast to one so strongly loved, we follow the brief journey of Allakau as he comes into his own, finds the love of his life and his soul mate In between moments of danger and fear, Mr Witt surrounds us with the beauty of nature and the depths of a magical love that transcends time With his lush and descriptive prose, the forest comes to life the bitter cold of winter pierces our minds, and the strength of a love spanning the centuries nestles into our hearts Shifting Silver is a sweet story of love lost and found.Reviewed by Sammy for The Novel Approach Reviewshttp www.thenovelapproachreviews.co This was a short quick historical read that was ok 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 This was a story about following your heart This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling.
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- 49 pages
- Shifting Silver
- Brandon Witt
- 17 September 2017 Brandon Witt