Folk by Zoe Gilbert-Review

Folk by Zoe Gilbert
  • Language:English
  • Genre:Fantasy
  • Pages:236 pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Zoe Gilbert
  • Publishing Date:February, 2018
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury India
  • ISBN-10:1408884399
  • ISBN-13:978-1408884393




The story of Folk is set on an enchanting mythical island called Neverness. Zoe Gilbert has created a fairy tale world which steeps in mythology & folklore. Magic can bless or curse in equal measure here. A girl can be snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair or a baby can born with a wing for an arm or children can ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. Somehow their lives are always inseparably intertwined with island folklore.

First things first, I was very much looking forward to reading this book. Because (a) look at the beautiful cover. It feels as if it’s calling you like a siren to read the book as soon as possible. (b) the blurb off course. I was certain that I will enjoy it because I love whimsical stories (like Alice in Wonderland). But it’s needless to say that I was disappointed.

When I started reading the story, at first I was confused. I didn’t get what’s happening. I mean, I understand that it’s a mythical world so it’s bound to be different from ours but still the story was not making any sense to me. Took me a while to realize that it’s a short story collection where every tale is somehow linked (the blurb was not clear about that). But by then it was too late for me. It became impossible for me to connect with the characters (there are too many). Also every story was hastily concluded. It felt as if author was rushing the ending of each story and then abruptly starting another one. As a reader, none of the tales left any impression on me.

I am all for experimental writing and expanding horizons but Zoe Gilbert’s writing style lacks depth. It is full of superfluous similes & metaphors which do not make any sense. After a point I was overwhelmed by the unnecessary descriptions and just wanted to finish the book. I know many fantasy lovers absolutely loved this book but I am sorry guys, it didn’t even hold my attention. I was little bit fascinated in the beginning  but by the end I was completely worn out. Guess it was not my cup of tea.


Thank you Bloomsbury India for sending me this book for review.

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