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Lost Sky by Andrew Grossman

Lost Sky is almost an eco-adventure novel, very visual in its development; the strength of the story is in the description of the subterranean island that Matthew discovers once he accepts the inheritance of his great-uncle Alexander; but with the island arrives also Salal, a supernatural being who was Alexander’s lover and who is still quite upset that his chosen companion decided to go back to the human world, leaving him. It seems almost natural that Matthew substitutes Alexander in Salal’s life, even if Matthew’s sudden attachment to Salal is quite strange, especially for someone as shy as he is.

The odd thing is that, I didn’t particularly like Salal, I find him quite brusque, and not really a good matching for a gentle, and sometime meek soul like Matthew. Their relationship seemed unbalanced, but for sure I didn’t wish to Salal what will happen in the end. Maybe there is an hint of non consensual relationship, meaning that I’m not really sure Matthew was aware, or fully willing, to engage with Salal, at first it seemed to me that Salal pretended from Matthew to replace Alexander, willing or unwilling.

The story starts a little slow, and actually Salal enters the scene more or less at midnovel. That is maybe the reason why I didn’t manage to connect with him. Anyway he is for sure an interesting character and he will redeem.

It’s a bittersweet story, and while the ending is good for one of them, it’s not so for the other. That is the reason why, more than a romance, I consider this the story of Matthew’s evolution and of the time when, leaving the safe shelter of his secure life, he will find the answers to who he is, what he wants and whom he wants to love.

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Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Queered Fiction (February 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 192044114X
ISBN-13: 978-1920441142

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