The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Cornelia Funke is rather one-of-a-kind in the fantasy field. I can name only a handful of writers who go this all-out with mythologies, owning them, transforming them, and building a fully integrated worldbuilding for these great characters to play in. It is neither tongue-in-cheek nor a heavy hand in the writing, either.
While these can be classified as YA, enough complexity in plot and depth of emotion is within this to be rather more adult in execution. The pain, the sacrifice, the acceptance, and the rather grown-up choices all seem to scream 'adult' to me. But that's not what draws me to this. It is the deep exploration of so many myths. From the sisters of fate to Baba Yaga to 1001 Arabian Nights to fae to shapeshifters and so much more, this is not a simple sampler of a tale. These all interact in very interesting and complicated ways, and if that isn't enough, we have a greater complication and interaction between our world and the other one. History, artifacts, and complications.
These are some truly interesting books.
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