An earthly nourris sits and sings And aye she sings, “Ba lilly wean, Little ken I my bairn’s father, Far less the land that he staps in. (Child Ballad, no. 113)
So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.
Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.
Read by David Rintoul
(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018
This is a tale to read on a cold night, wrapped in a blanket
Fantasy Book Review
Thought provoking and evocative
A mythical masterpiece
Bookmarks and Stages
Joanne M. Harris is one of the modern masters of fantasy writing . . . The Blue Salt Road is a journey you should take
A perfect read for a waterside afternoon . . . with her graceful language and magical phrasing, Harris conveys the enchantment of an old tale while imparting new lessons about change, betrayal, and forgiveness in this refreshing take on the age-old powers of attraction between the supernatural and the merely human
The Blue Salt Road is an old-school folktale of magic, love and betrayal . . . [it] will stay with you after you have finished reading it
Joanne Harris really is the queen of beautiful, lyrical writing . . . With gorgeous artwork both inside and out, this really is a stunning book. The story is a beautifully woven tale of magic, adventure and love