The Book ✯✯✯
Kate Murdoch is a renowned painter, and it absolutely shines in this depiction of a gorgeous Italian setting.
Stone Circle will place you right in the Italian countryside while also bringing up the nostalgia of reading Tom Sawyer for the first time. The novel winnows seamlessly between the entire cast of characters' perspectives using a third-person, omniscient style.
I never really cared for anyone except the Seer and his daughter, Guilia. Antonio had some growth and strength of character, but for the most part was still very young and immature in his dealings with his rival Nichola. From the very start, I despised Nichola and was not at all surprised at how the novel played out when it came to his character, though I felt he deserved...more. Yet I can understand the complexity of their immaturity because they can all read minds. There are no secrets: causing hatred and love to be as obvious as night and day.
But what Stone Circle lacks in depth of character, it makes up for in gorgeous depictions, a clever premise, and a focus on a young boy becoming a man and learning to hone his craft. This is the perfect book to escape into for a vacation from your living room.
Thank you to Kate Murdoch and Fireship Press for this free ARC in exchange for a requested honest review.