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An anciently modern fairytale

The author pulls you in almost immediately, setting the scene in ancient Mongolia with beautifully written descriptive language. The reader is travelling these vast landscapes with Getze, the main character. The author's flow of writing is rhythmic and it lulls us into this fairytale like story.
I say fairytale, because although not set up like one, I can imagine Getze's story becoming an ancient folk tale passed down through the tribes just like the author describes. The author also explores questions of morality and good and evil through Getze's duty as a wife and to birth an heir to her husband's bloodline.Adding the supernatural myths and creatures to Getze's struggles to keep a child alive inside of her instead of miscarrying it make us question good and evil and what it is to be human. Getze also questions this herself as she commits terrible acts in order to fulfil her duty as wife, a woman in ancient Mongolia.But the author also questions a this so-called duty in the light of Getze's dark path.
Like most old fairy tales, I think The Unforgivable carries important messages, in the form of questions.How far would you go to fulfil your duty, whatever that was? Are humans really just animals? Is the line between good and evil clear or is it blurred?
The only fault I found (well it wasn't really a fault) was the ending seemed a little rushed for such a well thought out plot
Nonetheless, with it's beautiful writing style and vivid imagery , The unforgivable is a story which holds questions that were relevant in its time period and still relevant today.

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