Michael ‘Blue’ Whitley has inherited his estranged grandmother’s home in Starling Cove, Cape Breton. A struggling restaurateur, saddled with mounting debts and owing money to all the wrong people, Blue travels with his friends Emily, her husband Jeremy and Gabe to this picturesque and idyllic part of Atlantic Canada in hopes of selling the house and raising enough money to cover some of his outstanding loans.
Originally from the area, Blue has not returned to these parts since his youth, since the day his mother mysteriously whisked him away never to return, and he does not have many memories of that time in his life. Then, while on a walkthrough of his grandmother’s home, he comes upon a discovery that triggers long buried memories, unearthing secrets about his and his family’s past. These secrets will ultimately not only change Blue, but have a tremendous impact on his companions and the Starling Cove community.
I have seen The Glittering World compared to works by Neil Gaiman and Scott Smith, touted as a supernatural, fantasy thriller but personally I found this novel to be more on the hallucinatory and dreamy scale, with an almost fairy tale quality. Don’t get me wrong guys, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a book falling into these categories, it’s just not exactly what I signed up for, and not what the book is marketed as.
Although full of potential, with an idyllic setting, well developed characters with dark secrets and even some cool otherworldly creatures, The Glittering World lacked the thrills and chills promised, and what I was kind of hoping for and expecting after reading the back cover blurb.
What Robert Levy did get right however, is the absolutely beautiful hypnotizing prose, so vivid and often times completely intoxicating. There were moments I just had to stop reading in order to absorb the words on the page and the feelings, thoughts and emotions they were stirring up and creating. So if you’re in the mood for a well written, wistful fantasy novel (sans the action and thrills), check out The Glittering World by Robert Levy.
Thank you to Goodreads (First Reads) and Gallery Books for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.