“Metro Winds” is a collection of six short stories that will entice you to look at the world around you differently. Teeming with killer plot twists, secrets and shadows and an amazing array of characters that scream for your attention and of course that all important sprinkling of magic; Carmody has definitely hit the mark and then some.
I’m not usually a fan of short stories but Metro Winds grabbed me from the very beginning. The world is vivid, vibrant and a pleasing balance between the familiar and the unfamiliar. The characterisation is excellent. The twists and turns will keep you guessing and each story is fresh and fast-paced and uniquely fantastic. I seriously could not pick a favourite out of the six. All delighted and entertained in their own special way and certainly pack that Carmody punch that fans have come to enjoy.
Metro Winds: introduces us to a young girl sent far from home who discovers who true purpose in the deep, dark, mysterious tunnels of the metro. A beautiful tale of destiny and finding one’s true self.
Dove Game: a young man embarks on a trip to the other side of the world to fulfil strangers dying wish. A sightseeing trip to one of the most romantic cities on earth, teeming with the fantastical that will transport you.
The Girl Who Could See The Wind: takes us back to colonial Australia and the magic that hides in plain sight. A bittersweet tale with a magnificent ending. This one certainly gives all your emotions a solid work out.
The Stranger: Case is on a mission to find an end to his story and soon finds that all endings mean new beginnings. A tale full of twists and turns and a conclusion you will never see coming.
The Wolf Prince: Step into the realm of faeries as a mother weaves magic to summon a princess bride for her son. One for those of us addicted to the supernatural and who dream of a little magic in our everyday lives.
The Stranger: a search for the one thing no-one should ever lose – your shadow. A perfect way to end the collection.
“Metro Winds” will not fail to satisfy fans but is also a way to discover Carmody’s genius for the first time. Even if short stories are something you would never usually consider reading, definitely give this a go. It’s one magical ride that I will not forget in a hurry.
Metro Winds- Isobelle Carmody
Allen and Unwin
Published April 30 2012