The Hall of Lost Footsteps

Scaryminds: The Hall of Lost Footsteps

 “We have enough to last us another year” – Margery

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Quite often review sites become the abode of strange bedfellows, and on the face of it I would have to say one of the stranger mixes is renowned fantasy author Sara Douglass appearing on the pages of ScaryMinds. It’s like either a dream come true for this site, or Douglas’ worse virtual nightmare. Hey Sara, in cyberspace no one can hear you scream.
But if you were to dig a little deeper, as is our wont, you might just be in for a pleasant surprise as Douglass heads off the bright path into the deep dark woods. If you definitely don’t like horror then either Ms Douglass is going to shock the hell out of your expectations, or you might just be pleasantly bushwhacked by what the genre can offer in the hands of a skilled wordsmith.
The Hall of Lost Footsteps is available from most notable Aussie online stores, and a number of foreign sites as well. If needing more information then hit the official Ticonderoga site for all the good oil.

Shades of Sentience: The Hall of Lost Footsteps

HallofLostFootsteps-200x300The Hall of Lost Footsteps is a collection of short stories by Sara Douglass that also includes a short co-written with Angela Slatter (who I reviewed here), containing fifteen pieces of short fiction, six of those being based within The Axis Trilogy. These pieces are fantasy with a twinge of horror, a well-measured balance that keeps you unable to put the book down while transported to a completely different world.

What’s refreshing about Sara’s work is that her stories aren’t written with that forceful thrust, hoping to shock or disgust the reader. They’re written in a way that reminds me of a storyteller, passing down a tale through the generations – a sing-song lilt of well-thought prose. They state what’s happening, as though it is fact.

Personally, I would like to add that she’s the reason I discovered fantasy. A friend recommended BattleAxe and from there I was hooked. She’ll always have a special place on my bookshelf, and I found it hard to read this anthology because this is it – this is the last Sara Douglass work to be printed, when, as we do with our favourite authors all the time – I crave more.

This doesn’t disappoint, however.


©2011 Katharine Stubbs / Shades of Sentience. To read the full review by Katharine Stubbs on the SentientOnline website please click on this link.