Oil and Dust: The Elemental Artist- Jami Fairleigh

Published By: Kitsune Publishing
Pages: 510
Release Date: 01/09/2021

Politics, money, power, religion, snd greed, these are the things we never again need.

Artist Matthew Sugiyama can alter the physical world with his art. As the top student graduating from the prestigious Popham Abbey, Matthew’s future is secure…until he bucks convention and begins a journey to find answers about his birth family. The trouble is, he doesn’t know who or where they are.

Determined to find answers, but without a clear destination, Matthew sets out on horseback across a post-technology world, guided only by random flashes of a vision or long-buried memory. Using his skills as an artist to barter for hospitality and supplies, Matthew soon learns his sheltered upbringing has left him wholly unprepared to face the obstacles on the road or his unexpected yearning to join the communities he encounters. When he uncovers a mysterious adversary’s plan to harm the people he has come to care for, Matthew must decide what’s more important; the adopted family he has created, or his need for answers about his past.

*****

Thanks to Kitsune Publishing for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

This has the feel of a time far long ago, when actually it is very modern, futuristic even; it’s fascinating to see things come back around. It is a very unusual look at what our future could look like when it doesn’t contain hovercrafts and self-tying shoelaces.

It is full of such beautiful description that you can see the views, hear the horses hoofs, and taste the sumptuous feasts. It’s a long book but it doesn’t ramble or bore. There’s a lot of characters but you never feel lost. It’s twisty and turny but not confusing. Things are exposed to you in detail but it’s never patronising. It’s set in the future but without enough identifiable qualities to feel a part of it. It’s funny without being slapstick. It’s scary without being too horrific to read. It’s loving without being mushy. It’s an adventure without travelling too far. It’s violent without being too much.

I felt there was definitely a sense of CS Lewis about it, particularly at the end. I read a sequel is due in March 2022 and I’m already desperate to read it.

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