The Greying, Dallas Sutherland

LANDLAND CRIES OUT FOR A SAVIOUR…  
 
Upon the death of her mother, Meah is pulled across the boundary that separates this world and another time and place where the dog-like Firbog have brought the mists of the greying.  
 
Under the evil Queen Berilbog they threaten to claim all the lands. With her Mother dead and her Father missing – she is on her own!  
 
Can Meah learn how to use the power of the thinking? Will there be enough time to save both Landland and herself? Will Meah ever find her way home again?  
 
She must triumph over grief and sadness on her journey into a world made cold, grey, and colourless by the ravages of the greying. Meah travels into the depths of Bigriverland to find the mysterious sage, The Biggo. In the heart of Dead Wood, Meah meets Josh O’Tosh, the last of the warrior Pictish Priests. 
 
Battling lurking homunculi and the horrors of the many-headed-winged-thing, they set out to recover the only thing that will save Landland …her mother’s Book-of-Colours. 

The Greying is a beautiful magical novel that has captured my heart and enthralled me, it is a novel that fascinated me from beginning to end and even though it is short novel it is still such a satisfying read. It is a novel that combines all the things I love about the world; myths, legends and history which together combined make The Greying a mystical and magical novel that will be hard to erase from your mind for a long time. Here is a little bit more about this whimsical novel.

The Greying follows the novels young protagonist Meah. Meahs mother has sadly passed away and the novel follows Meah as she travels out to sea to scatter her ashes into the deep depths. However,  when she does so she accidentally and dangerously tumbles into the water, thrashing and as she travels further down she ends up in a strange and magical world that is hidden from our own. This scene reminded me a little of The Wizard of Oz and I think this is a perfect comparison already as they are both wonderful fantasy novels about a different and strange world. Plus The Wizard of Oz is a charming, enchanting novel and so is this one! Meah soon learns that this land is not as beautiful as it should be as this strange world has been destroyed by strange mists called the Greying which has horrific consequences on the landscape of this previously

As Meah arrives in this world which is named Landland she soon discovers that this land is not what it used to be and how it should be much more beautiful than it is. However, this world has been ravaged and destroyed by strange foggy mists called greying and these mists have had disastrous and horrifying consequences on the landscape of Landland. As the novel continues we soon learn that the evil Queen of Landland has a part in this as she wants to spread her evil and rule this land even though it is not her royal right too. Soon Meah but make friends in this strange and foreign world whilst she discovers her inner-strength and resilences without her mother by her side. She will need to find allies who will be able to help her on her mission to rescue this world from the mists that are plaguing the originally beautiful land and to bring back colour and restore it to its former glory!

The Greying is a novel that encompasses everything I love about fantasy novels, it has adventure, mystery and fantastical creatures and things that will intrigue your mind and send your mind into overdrive whilst you get lost in this wondrous world. One thing I really loved about this novel was that it included a lot of mythology and mythological tales and even fairy tales! The writing for this in the novel satisfied my every need for these subjects and I have to say I adored how the author included this especially because I found myself learning whilst reading!

The author of The Greying Dallas Sutherland is an exceptional writer and his beautiful and vivid writing captured my attention and imagination from the very first page. His world building of Landland is exceptional and no detail was left out, he managed to include a lot in his short novel, things such as mystical creatures as well as scary creatures and many terrifying moments and even all the magical places the reader explores in this novel. I loved the richness of his words and his descriptive writing, it transported me beautifully and this strange and wonderful world will stay in my mind for a long time.

Sutherland has created a wonderful, memorable character and this is the character of a young and somewhat naïve girl named Meah. You immediately feel empathy of Meah after discovering about her mother’s death very early on in the novel so already you feel attached to this young girl and her journey. As we follow Meah on her journey we see her become a responsible young woman and how she grows as a girl into a young woman; it is truly beautiful to read and reading about her learning about this strange world and herself is wonderful.

To summarise my thoughts on this wonderful novel I would say if you adore fantasy novels about strange but beautiful worlds then you will adore this! This novel gets Four Stars from me!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! Please do comment below and let me know your thoughts about this wonderful novel, do you see yourself reading it? Let me know below! Thank you so much for reading I really appreciate it!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! If you have loved what you have read and want to buy the wonderful novel then you can click the buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to Amazon U.K.! If you are international then click the Amazon USA link underneath it! Thank you so much again for reading!

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