The Drosselmeier Chronicles: The Solstice Tales
The first story in The Drosselmeier Chronicles: The Solstice Tales is about a young girl, Marie, who embarks on a quest into the Faerie realm in an effort to find a cure for her friend Nussknacker who has been cursed by the Mouse King. It is a retelling of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The beginning of the story is interesting, but is bogged down with too much backstory about mythological entities such as Huginn, Thot, elves, waerwolves, faeries, and brownies. Much of it is told as a conversation from Marieís godfather, Drosselmeier. Unfortunately, it reads like a mythology lecture rather than a story. I found myself skimming from an early point in the book looking for the real story.
At the 31% mark in the book, Marie finally embarks on her adventure, but I was so bored by all the dialogue filled with explanations of various topics such as astral projection that I couldnít go on. My major problem was that there wasnít enough storytelling and a lack of scenes. This resulted in a book that created anticipation for me where I wanted to see what happened to Marie, but it got lost in all of the dialogue. Our suggestion to the author would be to show us how astral projection works rather than explain it to us. Write more scenes that have more than two people sitting around talking.
The first story in The Drosselmeier Chronicles: The Solstice Tales had a great concept, but had a lack of storytelling so it didnít work for us. Readers looking for details on mythology might enjoy it.
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