“She was standing on black sand. Black, oily waves were rolling in at her feet in gentle swells that did not break but just retreated again silently. The huge open sky above her was black too, with dark grey clouds like curtains hanging in it, illuminated by small, distant, golden sun hovering close to the horizon. It’s light cast a dim glow over the water. The air was neither warm nor cold, there was no wind, no scent, no sound, no movement other than the dreamy black ocean.”
I felt a compulsion to quote her, even as I was thinking about writing this review. Seconds after I finished reading this wonderful book, I went straight back, scrolled down pages and pages of beautiful writing, trying to locate the passages I loved and wanted to imprint in my memory. There are so many, but I eventually decided on the passage above, just to give a taste of this delicious book to potential readers once you get your hands on The Distant Shore, the first book in Mariam Kobras’ The Stone Trilogy.
Jonathan Stone—a handsome, famous rock star—despite never being short of female fans who throw themselves at him at every opportunity, still pines for the woman who left him over a decade ago, sets off across the ocean to find her again. Sounds familiar, right? Many of us have read or heard something like this before.
However, Kobras’ novel is not your usual Mills and Boon romance, nor one of those average, happy ever-after Hollywood movies, either. The author weaves a fascinating story, with a range of believable characters, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader’s interest. It is truly contemporary literature at its best. The settings span from the beautiful shores of Northern Norway, to the heart of Europe, the British Isles, and the expanse of North America. As I leafed through these pages eagerly, one after another, I hopped onto my very own private jet, setting off to different, exotic locations on an adventure and felt like true Hollywood Royalty. It was almost like feasting on a stack of glossy magazines in one sitting, devouring the hot gossip of celebrity life. But this is so much better, because instead of looking at those glamorous stars in their fancy dresses, I was treated to the exquisite beauty of written words, deliciously and expertly penned by the author. They vividly painted pictures in my mind, far more enchanting, and satisfying to my hungry senses.
I very much enjoyed the insights into music, as well as the exploration into the lives of the rich and famous. At 366 pages, it isn’t a fast read, and it took me a few more late nights than I would have liked. Yet I felt more than compensated by the smooth story-telling and beautiful flow of words, sentences and paragraphs. When I eventually came to end of it, I was reluctant to let it go.
The Distant Shore is just an introduction of this author, and what a fabulous introduction it has proven to be!
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