AD-gifted | The Briarmen is a charming folkloric fairytale for adults, filled to the brim with strange forest creatures, flying geese and german pilot! Sounds bizarre? It certainly is – in a good way!
It’s 1939, WWII just started, and a boy named Hamish is being evacuated from London to the small rural town of Brombury. There he finds a temporary home with Mrs Platts & her daughter Penny. What he soon discovers is the mysterious Briarmen deep in the woods next to the sleepy village. And if that is not enough – a crashed german fighter pilot in the same woods. And so a story of childhood adventure and friendship unfolds.
This is one of those books that you think are geared towards a younger audience, but you could read it as a teenager and love it just as much as an adult. I believe that any age group will be able to find something for themselves in here – a little bit of history, spying and drama for adults, and a whole world of magical forest creatures for youngsters. Combine it with easy to follow storyline and likeable characters, and you have a wonderful world to immerse yourself into.
The author chose a great mixture of folk, fantasy, magic and history, but it also touches on essential themes of real friendship, forgiveness and self-discovery. The ending felt justified and did not leave loose ends.
It is an adorable page-turner and the fantastic debut release of a new publishing house in the United Kingdom.
4 stars out of 5 from Ingrid 👩🏻🦰
Thank you @crescent_swan for copy 💖
Publishing date – 14th April 2021