The Year of Ancient Ghosts

The Year of Ancient Ghosts

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The Year of Ancient Ghosts is the first collection of stories by multiple award-winning Australian writer Kim Wilkins. Born in England, Kim Wilkins is the author of over 20 novels for readers of all ages. Her debut novel The Infernal won two Aurealis Awards. Her latest books, contemporary epic romances, are published under the pseudonym Kimberley Freeman, and include Lighthouse Bay and Wildflower Hill. Kim Wilkins is a four-times winner of the Aurealis Award, twice winner of the Sassy Award for popular fiction, and winner of the Romantic Book of the Year award. The book collects 5 novellas, comprising two written especially for this collection and 2 reprints and the first print publication of "Wild Dreams of Blood".
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Ticonderoga Publications,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781921857461
1921857463
Branch Call Number: FIC WILK

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marysneedle Oct 20, 2013

I really like the stories in “The Year of Ancient Ghosts”. Some more than others but I think the two stories that stand out for me was” Dindrana’s Lover” and “The Lark and the River”. Both of these stories have religious undertones and backgrounds. Both have forbidden love, both have strong female characters. However all the stories are about women struggles in one form or another.
In “Dindrana’s Lover”, the end circles back to the beginning in an ironic way. The ironic part is how she gets what she wanted in the beginning but in a less than desirable way while her fate and courage leads her to rid the world of a monster.
There is also a strong female character in “The Lark and the River”. Again there are religious conflicts. This time between the regional pagan religion and the Christian religion that has become the law of the land. Again the main female character suffers much for following her heart.
The balance of the other stories I didn’t’ find the characters built as strongly or the stories as complete as my two favorite ones but they were enjoyable reads none the less.

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