The Gift Maker by Mark Mayes

I noticed a comment on Twitter about The Gift Maker by Mark Mayes and thought the book cover was lovely. 

I'm not usually influenced by book covers being of the generation that selected books in public libraries squashed together on the shelves with only the spines on display. However this book was an exception and I was hooked by the cover.

And I am so glad because I absolutely loved it.

Released by Urbane Books on 27/2/2017, The Gift Maker is a wonderful mix of fantasy, dystopia and magic. 

Although in no way similar in plot or characterisation there is something about The Gift Maker which reminded me of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. And they were my favourite books when I was in my twenties.
The Gift Maker has the same sense of other worldliness rooted in reality and is equally

compelling reading.

The book description explains that:

 Late one night, Thomas Ruder receives a strange package: a small blue box. Another such item is delivered to his friend Liselotte Hauptmann. These 'gifts' will change their lives forever. In the far-off border town of Grenze, a play is to be performed at the Sheol Theatre. Reynard the impresario expects a very special audience. Thomas and Liselotte, together with their friend Johann, are drawn into Reynard's seductive web, as Daumen, the gift maker, must decide who his master really is.

These characters, 

Thomas, Liselotte, Johann, Reynard and Daumen, evolve strongly as the novel progresses and although their journeys take different routes they all end up at the same destination. The plotting is complex and full of unexpected developments and as a story the book works really well.

However, it is the quality of the writing which stands out. 

The novel is hugely readable but so beautifully written that sometimes I stopped to re-read a section for the sheer pleasure of the language.
There is poetic beauty in some of the writing as well as scenes that are genuinely scary. There are hints of childhood and tantalising references to well-remembered fairy tales, bible stories and mythology.

The book description says that

The Gift Maker is a story about identity, about fulfilling your dreams and becoming the person you always were ... at whatever cost.

It's all that and more: a remarkable novel that leaves the reader with so much to think about and a wish to read it all over again.

The Gift Maker by Mark Mayes 

is available to download from the Amazon Kindle Store.

Further details can be found on the publisher's website.

The Gift Maker is available "free" for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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