I've just recently finished reading Of Bees and Mist, a novel of mystery and magic by Erick Setiawan. The book follows the life of Meridia, a girl whose birth leads to a curse being placed on her family. She grows up in a house which is always cold, with parents who forget and despise her where ghosts and ever changing stairways are a way of life. A constant mist looms around the house and Meridia longs to unravel the mystery of it as well as her family's curse. Yet the closer she comes to the answers she so desperately seeks, the further she seems to get.
At 16, Meridia meets a hypnotic young man named Daniel, falls in love and leaves her dark and chilly home to marry. Elated to finally be free of the neglect and misery of her own family, Meridia doesn't realize her dream life and her involved and seemingly caring mother in law, Eva, are not what they appear to be.
Meridia's story is one enveloped in the mists of mystery, where bees can be conjured from sharp disdainful speech. It exists in a world somewhere between our own and the world of spirits, where demons, ghosts and enchanted insects are the norm. The tale focuses on the themes of family, betrayal, magic, strength and rivalry.
It is masterfully woven. The lines between magic and reality frequently blur and it reads very much like a real-life fairy tale. It is reminiscent of John Crowley's Little, Big in that it follows the fairy tale story of a family through generations. If you were a bit hung up on some of the archaic and slow moving language in Crowley's book, you need not worry that you will face the same thing in Of Bees and Mist. The words flow through the book at a steady pace, keeping you reading until you've found yourself lost within it.
If you are a fellow bookworm with a penchant for any sort of folk or fairy tales, enjoy books with magic themes, or just enjoy a good read I would definitely suggest you pick this one up!
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