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Steve Cash is a singer-songwriter and a founding member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. He was born in 1946.
Fiction, Fantasy fiction, Space and time, General, Prophecies, Fantasy, Immortalism, Talismans, Epic, Recollection (Psychology), Children, Time travel
Anyone who can get past the trite opening scenes of country singer Cash’s fantasy debut will be pleasantly surprised as the stilted prose becomes the accented speech of a fluent foreigner and the sketchy characters turn into solid people.
As the orphan Zianno searches the world for the mysterious Sailor, he soon meets other Basque children who share his true heritage: they are the Meq, who stay 12 years old until they meet their soul mates and choose to attain mortality together. Zianno’s almost-romance with the beautiful and mortal Carolina and his friendships with other Meq are described with a deep tenderness that plays up the brutality of the Fleur-du-Mal, an ancient renegade Meq who kills Carolina’s sister and kidnaps her daughter. As Zianno, Sailor and their companions hunt the Fleur-du-Mal, the vividly painted landscape of the early 20th century unfolds around them, populated by many famous people (from T.S. Eliot to Scott Joplin) and events from the 1904 World’s Fair to the 1918 influenza epidemic.
Those expecting a conventional tale of immortality’s woes or a coming-of-age story won’t find either, but as light and engaging historical fiction with a fantasy twist, the novel works well. FYI:_In the 1970s, the author was a member of the Ozark Mountain Devils band and composed the hit pop song “Jackie Blue.”
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