STORMTELLER: Can you ever escape your fate?
Review: from 'The Guardian' newspaper's 'Top 10 Climate Fiction Books':
"Set in 2030 in the wilds of Wales, this optimistic, futuristic romance pits Tomos and Bryn against each other in pursuit of Eira, while a shapeshifting Welsh goddess, Ceridwen, and her boy keep a keen eye on all three. I enjoyed the way the story incorporates ancient legends in a charming love story told against a backdrop of environmental devastation."
Read about it as an example of cli-fi on Teleread.com. And in The Daily Telegraph ("Climate activists targeting children with range of 'cli-fi' novels") – a write up of the Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival 2015's first panel on cli-fi, featuring David, Saci Lloyd, George Marshall and Jane Davidson.
"Appeals to young people who worry about climate change…intricately plotted…well written…fascinating"- Scarlett MccGwire in Tribune Magazine.
"A fabulous piece of story telling" – Richard Collins, author of The Land As Viewed From The Sea (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award) and three other novels.
"David Thorpe's Stormteller is an intriguing and enthralling novel about the relationship between two teenage boys, leading totally different lives yet strangely alike. The novel is set in a coastal Wales ravaged by climate change and rising sea levels. Underpinned by fascinating parallels with local folk tale, the story of two boys who both love the same girl at a time when fear stalks the land is sure to appeal to a wide audience." – multi-prize-winning author Malachy Doyle.
"David Thorpe has written a compelling story in which elements of ancient Welsh legends of drowned lands and villages combine with a prescient account of a near future in which global warming is causing catastrophic flooding. Set against this background three teenagers are caught up both in the throes of ancient magic and a modern tragedy." Frances Thomas, author of many children's and adults novels.
- Read an interview with David by Dan Bloom on a "cli-fi" website.
- Read an interview on Americymru's website.
Read more about:
- the locations for the action
- the legends on which it's based
- climate change science behind the story
- the inspiration for the story [David’s blog].
- The creation of the cover artwork (video) [David’s blog]