This book drew me in from the first paragraph. I have had a soft spot for starlings since I came to Glasgow and got to know their huge gatherings at dusk along Sauchiehall Street in the 1970's.
The book begins and ends with starlings and one in particular, called ironically, Raven.
As I said the book drew me in and pretty quickly my scepticism about the transformations was set to one side as I settled into a rollicking good tale. A tale with many twists and turns and sub-plots.
A good book for me is one that helps me to look at the world from new perspectives. This one took me into several unfamiliar landscapes as well as familiar ones seen through new eyes. The world of the megalomaniac politician manipulating his way to his ultimate and bizarrely creepy goal. The animals striving to unmask and disrupt the terrible scheme. The warm hearted and hospitable people along the way who selflessly support our heroes.
There was plenty to keep the reader enthralled.
by Mary Kennedy