Friday, 22 October 2010

Many-Coloured Realm

Many-Coloured Realm by Anne Hamilton (Wombat Books)
PB RRP $19.95
ISBN 978-1-921633-06-5 
Reviewed by Aleesah Darlison

Robby is a teenage girl fascinated yet repulsed by her grubby classmate Neil, who claims to come from ‘the other side of yesterday’. When she chases him in search of a missing friend, she ends up in the Many-Coloured Realm, a parallel world to Earth. Vast layers of storytelling, spiritualism and symbolism abound in this complex, engaging fantasy story. Among the huge cast of characters, Artemys, the penguin, is a quirky and endearing standout. The novel is written in numerical literary style, the numbers chosen to give special meaning. Themes of faith and believing in yourself send a positive message. 

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