Walton, Jo -- Lifelode

Cosy high fantasy about a village household halfway between East-of-the-Sun and West-of-the-Moon, or, if you like, a bunch of very normal people who don't know they're living in a game of Civilization. The narrator keeps house; this is her talent. The fact that she can see the past and the future all mixed together is not a talent, nor a curse either, which is an inimitable feat of writing and also keeps the reader seriously off-balance. Unfortunately the war and the trial scene put the storyline off-balance too; they are temporally mixed with, but never really blend with, the quiet (and occasionally histrionic) growing-up and grown-up depiction of family life. Worthwhile piecewise.

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