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When their cruel master Marty McGuinn heads off to the Muddy Carnival, two peculiar nocturnal children, Fennel and Isabella, seize the opportunity to explore the city of Barrenwood. Horse drawn carriages, neon lights, the forces of gentrification, and the industrial revolution provide the outside-of-time backdrop as Isabella searches for like minded supernatural creatures When their cruel master Marty McGuinn heads off to the Muddy Carnival, two peculiar nocturnal children, Fennel and Isabella, seize the opportunity to explore the city of Barrenwood. Horse drawn carriages, neon lights, the forces of gentrification, and the industrial revolution provide the outside-of-time backdrop as Isabella searches for like minded supernatural creatures and her malicious brother crafts the ultimate disaster.


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When their cruel master Marty McGuinn heads off to the Muddy Carnival, two peculiar nocturnal children, Fennel and Isabella, seize the opportunity to explore the city of Barrenwood. Horse drawn carriages, neon lights, the forces of gentrification, and the industrial revolution provide the outside-of-time backdrop as Isabella searches for like minded supernatural creatures When their cruel master Marty McGuinn heads off to the Muddy Carnival, two peculiar nocturnal children, Fennel and Isabella, seize the opportunity to explore the city of Barrenwood. Horse drawn carriages, neon lights, the forces of gentrification, and the industrial revolution provide the outside-of-time backdrop as Isabella searches for like minded supernatural creatures and her malicious brother crafts the ultimate disaster.

45 review for Marshsong

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    I won this in a goodreads giveaway which did not influence my review. It was more a 2.5 star read for me but I rounded up because I think it was more of a me not the book sort of thing. It's well written, a few typos aside but there were some problems I had with it that was more content related. This is a character driven novel with very little plot, or should I say simple plot. Isabella wants free of her abusive master, Marty, and to find others like her and her twin Fennel (they seem to be rath I won this in a goodreads giveaway which did not influence my review. It was more a 2.5 star read for me but I rounded up because I think it was more of a me not the book sort of thing. It's well written, a few typos aside but there were some problems I had with it that was more content related. This is a character driven novel with very little plot, or should I say simple plot. Isabella wants free of her abusive master, Marty, and to find others like her and her twin Fennel (they seem to be rather supernatural, feeding off of 'water' which appears to be negative emotion). Fennel wants his statue to be erected and make a statement. (so yes, simple on the face of it). But since Isabella and Fennel aren't easy to like (especially Fennel) it's hard to read and get behind them. But my biggest problem with this is the outside-of-time backdrop which sets up something akin to cognitive dissonance in my head. We have a feudal system with dukes, mental health institutes in their infancy and the beginning of industrial revolution. And if that is all we had in Barrenwood, if it had remained purely a fantasy world I would have enjoyed this so much more. Instead we have a ton of French place names (is this France? Is it Louisiana? You can't tell) and references to Gordon Lightfoot and Yoda just to name a few. It was jarring and ruined the narrative for me. Isabella and Fennel do feed off the 'water' and the book opens with them willfully hurting someone to get those negative feelings so that's difficult to want to see these two win. Mental instability feeds them too and someone is trying to remove the mentally ill from the town. Fennel is particularly upset about this. He's used to illustrate political views about the working class vs the one percenters. Isabella is more interested in finding others like them, seeing Savina and the Duke of Izimir as her paths to this end, utilizing many of the bored rich girls to help her (as the duke would be in their social rank). Isabella (whom we spend a bit more time with) is more intelligent than her brother or at least more mentally stable. Fennel is far more prone to random acts of violence and his end game is very violent. Both of them want something different, driving a wedge between the twins. Isabella wants out and away from Marty, Fennel wants to be his equal. Marty seems to have supernatural abilities as well having put a spell on the twins that a) keeps them in town b) keeps them away from people he doesn't want them to know. They get violently ill when they overstep those boundaries. Overall the book is interesting but just not for me. It is a bit slow in a lot of parts and could have been trimmed up. How many times did we have to hear how small they were for instance? It felt overly long. While Fennel and Isabella's end games do end the book it's an open ending to what comes next. I, however, probably won't be hanging on for that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I really wanted to like this book but no matter how hard I tried I just could not get into it. From what I did read, I found myself bored and confused. I wasn't sure if the characters were spirits taking human forms? adults? children? birds? some sort of other fantastical creature? Beings with supernatural abilities? Do they feed off of energy? yet they eat food and want to pick food and people to go after based on said food? I don't know I was confused. Interesting name choice of fennel for a c I really wanted to like this book but no matter how hard I tried I just could not get into it. From what I did read, I found myself bored and confused. I wasn't sure if the characters were spirits taking human forms? adults? children? birds? some sort of other fantastical creature? Beings with supernatural abilities? Do they feed off of energy? yet they eat food and want to pick food and people to go after based on said food? I don't know I was confused. Interesting name choice of fennel for a character adds to the confusion of human or fantasy creature. I felt they book was slow which added to the not being able to get immersed into the "Marshsong" world. The author is a wordsmith, utilizing all those superlative adjectives and fanciful fantastical descriptions but for me it was a laborious to read. I really tried but just didn’t enjoy the story and had to abandoned it. I really appreciated the giveaway and the opportunity to review. **Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina Willis

    This book is hard to catagorize but I would say that Pulp Fiction/Urban Fantasy, Opeatic style....is as close as I can come to pin pointing it. The author has a flair with words and uses them in a poetic and lyrical way to tell the story. I'm not sure how much of the book is written in allegory and symbolism as I just read it the first time just to enjoy the story but I knew that I would be reading it again and again to see if I could catch those gems that I am sure are hidden there in layers. A This book is hard to catagorize but I would say that Pulp Fiction/Urban Fantasy, Opeatic style....is as close as I can come to pin pointing it. The author has a flair with words and uses them in a poetic and lyrical way to tell the story. I'm not sure how much of the book is written in allegory and symbolism as I just read it the first time just to enjoy the story but I knew that I would be reading it again and again to see if I could catch those gems that I am sure are hidden there in layers. A re-read indicates to me an outstanding book. I won this copy from a GoodReads giveaway and it is signed by the author (THANK YOU Nato Thompson and Goodreads)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I like many genres, but this one was hard to place. The author does have a flare for words but when every sentence has extra adjectives and adverbs and fanciful descriptions it was a bit laborious to read. So I couldn’t finish it. Sorry, I tried but just didn’t enjoy it. I appreciated the giveaway.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Kept my attention from the first page to the last

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Interesting read from Nate Thompson.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lavender

    Placeholder I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steven Ridgely

    A creative mind wrote this book.

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    Melissa Cheresnick

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