Gabriel and The Swallows (Review #78)

Gabriel and the SwallowsToday’s book is Gabriel and The Swallows:

Author: Esther Dalseno

Series: #1 in the Volatile Duology

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Loner farm boy Gabriel Laurentis has secrets of his own. In his daily life, he’s the ugly, badly bullied son of peasant winemakers, with no friends and a disabled mother he’s ashamed of. At night, however, when Gabriel descends into his dream world; a grandiose, gorgeous existence that is the opposite of his waking life, it becomes so vivid he’s beginning to confuse the two.

Gabriel’s life is changed forever one fateful night when he rescues a wounded creature from the shotgun of his family’s enemy: the dangerous Gallo, owner of the region’s largest vineyard, and longtime enemy of his family. At the discovery of what the creature really is – a miraculous little girl with swallow’s wings, an unbreakable bond forms between the children.

Aided by the mysterious and beautiful foreigner Orlando Khan, Gabriel struggles to protect the girl from the world, but questions haunt him: is the foundling really who she says she is? Who is the Dark One that lives in the medieval tunnels beneath their city, or is he just a figment of Gabriel’s imagination? And is the girl’s condition merely a mutation of nature, or something much more sinister?

Wrestling with manhood, Gabriel encounters mysteries as old as blood and bone, of ancient rites and foreign lands, and must make a deadly decision that changes the course of life as he knows…if he can tell which reality he’s in, that is. 

I received this book for an honest review from Of Tomes Publishing.

WOW. I literally finished this book seconds ago, and it’s like a haze in my brain, distracting me from reality. A good haze. That haze that welcomes you, wrapping you up in a literary worlds when reading a really good book.

The pandemonium within this book felt strangely organised, yet connected my imagination perfectly to the novel.

Each time that I felt I understood Gabriel, and his motives, I totally wouldn’t because something would happen, and Dalseno’s words would twist the world yet again.

It’s so beautifully written, and I was always intrigued by the concepts; Italy, Growing Up and all sorts of other things. The characters were so well-written that I started to hate them, just like everyone has a reason to hate each person in life. In jealousy, or pure hatred.

Gabriel loved his dreams, and I can see why, walking away from Dalseno’s way with words. He should’ve just read this book, and he’d be perfectly at home. 😉

To be perfectly honest, if I said anymore, I think I’d ruin this book, as you really need to go in blind with this one.

Side Note: Thank you to Dalseno for resurrecting my love for ABBA through this book. I really enjoyed listening to ABBA’s Gold Hits at certain points during this one. 😉


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