Saaski is part human and part of the Moorfolk. And she’ll never fit in either world.
The Moorfolk don’t want her. She can’t disappear and shape-shift–she’s a threat to them.
They exchange her for a human baby. And Saaski eventually forgets. But as she grows, she realises that there’s something wrong with her…
The humans don’t want her. All except Anwara and Yanno — the ones she calls Da and Mumma — they think she’s a witch.
There’s something she has to do. Rescuing Anwara and Yanno’s lost baby.
And risk the wrath of the Moorfolk.
Author: Eloise McGraw
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars
While I’m not a fan of books with an old-style feeling to them, there’s some authors who can pull it off and make me feels warm and pleasant inside. Eloise McGraw in definitely one of them.
I love her books. I love Moccasin Trail, Mara Daughter of the Nile, and The Golden Goblet. She’s one of the best authors. So when I saw The Moorchild, I wanted to read it so badly. I didn’t know much about it except for who the author was. I am so glad I read it.
It’s not the most fast-paced book a person can read. It’s slower and comfortable, keeping an interesting story, but there’s not much current in the steady flow. And then… and then… the story heats up, and I wanted to know what would happen. Really wanted.
It’s not the sort of book that you’d fall in love with the characters because of their amazing-ness. No, I love Saaski because… she… it’s very hard to describe, but when I read this author’s characters, I love them. I was slightly disappointed in Tam (what a great name!) He wasn’t brought out as hugely as I would have liked.
I loved the emphasis on Saaski’s bagpipes. I could hear them…the shrieking yowl when she first started to play and the wild, eery tunes that she remembered from the folk. I loved the folk, how it twisted in old tales and the fairy stories of Scotland.
I could see the whole thing coming as a movie while I read. A Disney one… like Brave. And Saaski would have blonde Merida hair, and — I think Brave helped me to see everything so well. The description was really good; not over the top, but still vivid. And Saaski looks nothing like the girl on the front cover. How did they get it that wrong? Oh well.
The ending was sweet, sad, and very unsatisfactory, which is good. It left me feeling hollow and sorry for Saaski. The climax was also terribly sad, and quite gripping, because by that time, Saaski was an old aquantance to me, and when it happened, it was awful. That part of the story line reminded me a lot of The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth Speare), and I loved that book, so I was highly happy.
All up, it’s not the book you’d read for an action-adventure. It’s slower, but I loved it, all the same. Scotland, moors, fairy-folk, and stubborn characters. It ticked enough boxes to become a real joy to read.