"Gwendy’s Magic Feather": Book Review by Tate Dixon
For those of you who don’t know me, I am a very emotional reader. I read and rate books solely for the emotions they provoke in me. I thought writing reviews would be difficult because of this. I feel at times that it is impossible for me to put into words why I like or dislike a particular book. However, I’m all for trying new things so maybe this will be the first of many.
“Take care of the box, Gwendy. It gives gifts, but they’re small recompense for the responsibility.”
The box is back, but why? Gwendy’s Magic Feather is the sequel to Stephen King and Richard Chizmar’s Gwendy’s Button Box and WOW just WOW!! I will admit I was nervous about this book when I first started. I’ve never been a fan of sequels and the thought of another author writing in the King universe alone brought out all of my skepticism. If I am being completely honest, I actually enjoyed this more than the first one (I never thought I would say that!). Gwendy is a congresswoman who is balancing the various stresses of a sick parent, a husband with a passion that leads him to uncertainty, and figuring out how to keep her positivity through it all. This deeper dive into Gwendy as a character made her relatable and more exciting to follow through the events of this story. This book is about more than a strange man with a mysterious box and children going missing (don’t get me wrong, I love the unsettling vibes of the situation); but the suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat was Gwendy dealing with her everyday relationships. When I’m looking for a book, I search for ones I think will take me on an emotional roller-coaster, and this book did not disappoint in that category. If you want a book that will make you cry in the middle of your office cubicle one minute and then burst out to hysteric laughter the next, then please pick this up and experience the magic of a well written sequel.
On a final note, I love to share quotes from stories I read that stick with me and demonstrate the power of the author’s words. I often use these quotes as captions on my bookstagram so that when someone reads the book and sees that quote they can take a minute and appreciate each author’s unique style. Here is the quote that stuck with me:
“That’s what mattered then, and that’s what matters now: you’ve always been a believer. That beautiful heart of yours has led you down some unexpected roads, but your faith- in yourself, in others, in the world around you-has always guided you.”
Tate Dixon aka @_constant_reader_19