Review of “To the Bright Edge of the World” by Eowyn Ivey

to-the-bright-edge-of-the-world‘We catch only glimpses, a burst of movement, a flap of wings, yet it is life itself beating at shadow’s edge. It is the unfolding of potential; all of what we might experience and see and learn awaits us’ – “To the Bright Edge of the World

I loved Eowyn Ivey’s first novel, “The Snow Child”, so I snapped up a copy of “To the Bright Edge of the World” as soon as it was released and was happy that I did. The new novel is a historical drama about a 19th century journey of discovery through Alaska by several army officers. It is told by way of letters and journal entries, a style used to good effect, although I did find it distracting at times, not letting me get as fully involved in the novel as I wanted. The characters are compelling, particularly Forrester and Sophie, but even the minor characters are fully brought to life. Eowyn Ivey writes with her usual vivid, evocative style, bringing a sense of history and magic to the story.

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