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The Wake

A post-apocalyptic novel set in 1066 by Paul Kingsnorth

Review for The Wake

I love this book. Obviously, I was slightly apprehensive about the challenge of reading "shadow tongue" having never read a work like this. I was drawn in by Paul's other works, the history and Paul's character and his stance on politics and the environment. If any of these points aren't enough to capture a reader--and all of them are addressed in the work--the writing will without question. I often feel like I am reading a historical manuscript and it is the first book I have ever read where I have felt part of the words I am reading and involved in the history. Some work is required to begin reading, but as Paul says in his note on the language, familiarity with the way 'shadow tongue' works becomes second nature. I haven't finished reading yet, but already I am recommending it with gusto. The story is engaging and develops at a perfect pace. It makes me very proud to have my name attached to this book and I can't wait for the next one.