Thursday, January 5, 2017

BookReview: The Kura by Mary Patterson Thornburg

The Kura
By Mary Patterson Thornburg
Genre: science/fantasy/adventure/romance/coming-of-age

Six years ago, when she was twelve, Alyssha Dodson was transported by accident to another world – a world much like her own, but just undergoing its industrial revolution amidst a whirlwind of social change. She found a home there, the brother she thought she'd lost forever, and a boy who loved her, who will in these six years have become a young man, as she's become a woman. For all these years she's been torn between her loyalty and love for her widowed father, the promise she made to him that she'd stay in his world, and her longing for that other place.

Now, on her eighteenth birthday, a hit-and-run victim found dying on a Granville street says her name and gives a policeman a strange object that can only mean trouble and danger for her brother and her friends. Alyssha has no choice but to go back.

When she gets there, she finds changes she'd never expected…

My Review

The Kura is an enchanting story. Alyssha is a likeable main character and I was pleased with who she became in the story as well. She is lulled by the energy of "Voodoo Bridge" which contains an entryway into another world. A world that Alyssha has been to before. 

At 18, she travels back to find her brother and is met with the changes that have occurred since her last visit.  This new place is both charming and mysterious. It has held space for her and now welcomes Alyssha to use special gifts and play a role that will affect the people forever.  A beautiful story with a perfect ending. 

Author Bio 

Mary Patterson Thornburg was born in California, grew up in Washington State, moved to Montana when she was 18, and spent many years in Indiana, where she studied and then taught at Ball State University.

Her dream was always to write fantasy stories and novels, but she didn't get started until she and her husband moved back to Montana in 1998. When she'd finished her first story and it was published, she took off running and never looked back. She's had stories in Cicada, Zahir, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Strange, Weird, and Wonderful, among other places. Two of her short stories earned honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (2006, 2008), and "Niam's Tale," in the July/August 2010 Cicada, won the SCBWI 2011 Magazine Merit Honor Certificate. Her first fantasy/romance/adventure novel, A Glimmer of Guile, was published by Uncial Press in 2014. Her second book for Uncial, The Kura, came out in April, 2015. An Uncial Novel Byte, "Ghosts," was released October 14, 2016, and a second Novel Byte, "Battle Royal," is scheduled for release in January, 2017. Both "Ghosts" and "Battle Royal" are set in the Kura universe.

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Mary Thornburg said...

Sage ~ Thanks SO MUCH for your review of THE KURA! It's such fun to introduce Alyssha to people, and it makes me really happy when they like her!

Hugs ~

Bronwyn Elsmore said...

I read this book a while ago and the story stays in my mind. I recommend it!
Bronwyn Elsmore,

Mary Thornburg said...

Thank you, Bronwyn! This is indeed high praise, coming from Bronwyn Elsmore, author of "Every Five Minutes" and "Backwards into the Future," two of the most truly unforgettable books I've EVER read!