Book Review: “Beyond the Thundering Waters” by Georgina Jeffery
About the Book:
A dark fairy tale in a modern Norwegian setting. When a young girl meets a huldra in the wilderness, she unwittingly makes a supernatural bargain that puts her Pappa’s life at stake.
Ida, a young girl grieving the loss of her mother, is wandering in the snow when she meets the mysterious Maja – a huldra from myth and legend. Taking comfort in Maja’s kind arms, Ida makes a desperate wish for her family to be whole again… and gets far more than she bargained for.
With her own home turned against her, Ida must race across the wild valley to save her Pappa and confront the huldra before time runs out.
This is a standalone novelette of about 8,700 words, and is the first installment in the Dark Folklore series.
Book Title: Beyond Thundering Waters
Author(s): Georgina Jeffery
Series (if applicable): Dark Folklore
A fair few weeks ago, I went on StoryOrigin and requested a number of books for review. To my surprise, my applications were accepted for all of them, so now you can expect quite a few reviews from me!
I selected this one because the cover called to me. Look at it! It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Other than the gorgeous cover, I really wasn’t sure what I was letting myself in for. I knew the story would be short, and this concerned me. I usually choose to read longer fiction, but the promise of dark folklore was too much to make me turn away.
And I’m glad I didn’t.
This is a 5-star read from beginning to end.
Georgina Jeffery created a whole world in less than 9,000 words. If that’s not talent, then I don’t know what is. She made me fall in love with the character of Ida. I felt her anger, her loss, her frustration, her determination, and her fear. I saw the huldra through that little girl’s eyes.
I won’t say too much more as I’m scared of giving away major spoilers, but I will say that the ending was perfect. *chef’s kiss*
I can’t wait to read more from this author. I have a feeling that she’s to become one of my favourite, ‘go to’ authors.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Rating: 5 out of 5.
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About the Author:
Georgina Jeffery is a British author of speculative fiction. She prefers fantastical stories with folkloric themes, so you’ll find a lot of mythical beasties, malevolent spirits, and eldritch magic in her books.