The Blue Salt Road by @Joannechocolat

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.


[The ocean has many voices]


(Gollancz, 15 November 2018, 256 pages, hardback, #YearOfEpicReads 2019, a book of your favourite colour, bought from Amazon)




Harris is one of my favourite writers and she did not disappoint with this delightful fairy tale. First off, it took me a ridiculous time to realise the blue salt road of the title referred to the ocean. Doh!  The book is beautifully illustrated and this adds to the overall enjoyment of the book. The Blue Salt Road isn’t exactly original and the tale is a familiar one but delightfully written. I enjoyed every word.


One Comment Add yours

  1. fab review! I loved this little book too!

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