22 October 2013

Review: The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

Can a man be maimed by witchcraft? Can a severed head speak?

Based on the most notorious of English witch-trials, this is a tale of magic, superstition, conscience and ruthless murder.

It is set in a time when politics and religion were closely intertwined; when, following the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, every Catholic conspirator fled to a wild and untamed place far from the reach of London law.

This is Lancashire.  This is Pendle.  This is witch country.

After reading the above blurb, I couldn't wait to read The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson.  Sadly, this beautifully designed compact hardcover novel of only 194 pages didn't live up to my expectations.

My biggest problem was continuity; I just couldn't figure out what was happening and where the plot was going.  The writing was evocative and many scenes were beautifully written, but it just wasn't enough for me.  I really wanted to enjoy the tale, but just couldn't connect to the plot.  

Perhaps it was the fault of this reader, but I won't be recommending The Daylight Gate.

My rating = **

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