The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace, (May 7, 2013, Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster) ***** 5 of 5 Stars
Read from March 02 to 05, 2013
So there’s the sister drama, but while all of this is happening, Wallace unravels the mysteries of Roam, the ghosts of former inhabitants, the people who still live in Roam (mostly those without purpose) and the legend of the founders of Roam. This part opens the doors to so much of the magic and whimsy I eluded to earlier. They are important to the story, their history is relevant to the separation of Helen and Rachel that they (both the sisters and the outside characters) don’t even realize it. At first I was bothered that the story went into detail about each of the seemingly static characters, The Lumberjack, Digby, Jonas, but during one of the tipping point scenes, their fate almost mattered more to me that that of the sisters! I was amazed that Wallace could turn my perspective of them around.
The ending was beautiful. It left a lot to the imagination. It creates a place where two different worlds collide into a beautiful and haunting silhouette of acceptance OR it could just be a tragedy.
Overall, I think that The Kings and Queens of Roam was well-crafted, full of small details that left more to the imagination and indeed follows is Daniel Wallace’s tradition of grand, magical storytelling, like his other novel Big Fish