book ~ Innogen Forest
author ~ Camilla Margiana
genre ~ fiction, novel, fantasy, tragedy, mysticism
read and reviewed by Leah Spence
the big idea (theme)
The YA novel, Innogen Forest by Camilla Margiana has roots in the Shakespeare play of Cymbeline. It carries forward a tale of folklore and mysticism. I would categorize Innogen Forest more along the lines of literary fiction for it’s creative use of language and researched foundations.
The big idea or statement about life, in Innogen Forest, seems to revolve around good vs. evil, with hopes of transforming hearts and mind, for a better world.
Hemingway Editor graded reading level: 6/7
synopsis of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline
King Cymbeline rules over Britain under the protection of Rome. His kingdom must pay tribute. The king learns that his only daughter, Imogen, has secretly married a man of lower birth/social ranking.
The new husband, Posthumum Leonatus had been adopted as an orphan and raised with the Cymbeline family. As Imogen’s fidelity is questioned, everyone puts on some sort of disguise, revelations abound at the end.
on Margiana’s Innogen Forest
Margiana’s book is skillfully written and clearly founded on thorough research.to create this captivating, enjoyable tale. Along with the Otherworld, we read of a forest people, of knights, nymphs, and spryts. These magical creatures claim it is the motion and faith of your path that bring this other dimension to life.
The story builds on the themes of good vs evil, love and betrayal, innocence, jealousy with an interesting mix of reality and magical journeys. .Aquila’s path brings visions of the Otherworld with her lyrical poetic chants and prose in hopes of transforming hearts and minds.
4.8 hearts for the book, Innogen Forest
by Camilla Margiana
This is a wonderful magical story. I wish I had this book available when I was teaching English in middle school up to young adults. It is a magical, tale to fuel the imagination, writing appreciation, and the love of reading!
~ namasté, Leah J. 🕊
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