THE EYE OF YOL
The Eye of Yol is an effigy of a voyage to new horizons. The imagery, the descriptions, the words, so beautiful it flows like a waterfall that just keeps falling.
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The premise of this story's unique and it reminds me of this thing I do where I address letters to a stranger, in a journal form recounting my ordeals and whatnot. The story follows a mother's journaling of her voyage on the Eye of Yol to her child, and it is truly exceptional. The world building, as excepted was very well done.
It does carry on as though the readers know exactly what Xantha speaks of when she rambles about her transoceanic journey, using words and naming places and phenomena we know nothing of. Of course that comes from the particular style of writing, but it gets a bit confusing to keep up with all the information. I mean she's writing to a 12 years old Shae, is she able to understand all of this?
Still I loved her voice, her narration, especially of the encounter with the octopod creature and her dream about Shae. It was kind of symbolic of how she felt, being away from Shae for so long, pursuing her own interest instead of putting Shae's first. That's what I got from that scene.