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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
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Moloka'i. It was not a name spoken lightly in these islands. Sometimes it was called “Moloka'i of the potent prayers”, known for centuries as the home of powerful sorcerers capable of praying men to death, of sending giant fireballs hurtling across the sea, fiery planets of destruction seeking out hapless victims. Today the island was still an object of fear and fascination; but for very different reasons.

This book was one of those pleasant cases in which what is promised, is delivered. Nothing less, nothing more. I knew I was going into a classic historical fiction book - the length, the style, the plot following the main character's life from beginning to end - with a Hawaiian setting. I love historical fiction, and I love Hawaiian culture - especially the language, I found fascinating, sweet and moving - so I knew I would love this book as well.

One thing I did not expect was the heavy religious theme: this book has an extensive critique of catholicism and nostalgic longing for the traditional Hawaiian religion - very fascinating and beautiful with its myths and rites, but it became a little too heavy at some point. I also found the book was dragging towards the end. I think it would have been perfect if it had been 100 pages shorter.

Overall, as I said, this book had few surprises and delivered exactly what it promised. A beautiful, immersing read; but I don't think I will go on with the series, at least for now.
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Reading Progress

April 12, 2020 – Started Reading
April 12, 2020 – Shelved
April 15, 2020 –
April 17, 2020 – Shelved as: audiobooks
April 17, 2020 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Lovely review.

¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪ Kathleen wrote: "Lovely review."

Thank you :)

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