I found the White Isle to be an uneasy mix of fantasy epic and horror. The language and story form is reminiscent of Phyllis Eisenstein or Ursula LeGuin's more young-adult style, but changes to a graphic description of Dante's Inferno part-way. After a jarring switch of scene, it attempts to switch back, but the reader is left with an impression of a world without hope, and somewhat without internal consistency. I struggled through, hoping that the story might become brighter or more purposeful, but was ultimately disappointed.
occasionally wooden, but did attempt to give life to the story, and used multiple voices for the different characters.
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