This is a fable, but one that touches the heart. We meet a family of four, mom, dad, son and daughter. They live in a small village next to the sea. The father is a fisherman by trade, a stern man, wanting complete obedience from his children, and living his life that way. Sadly, he is blinded to the smotional needs of those he loves and to him, he is teaching them to be strong. The mother tries to reach her husband but is weak and fails. The little girl merely obeys but the son yearns to taste of life and take chances, something his father forbids.
There is a dark, sad secret that this village holds, a mystery that noone really talks about, but one that is taking the very heart of the people. There is a lake, a mystic lake, one that is the home to a stealer of the true treasures of this town, their children. Now, it has taken the fisherman's son and in his quest to save his life, he is confronted by what love truly is. The question, will he make it in time?
Our author wrote quite a tale in this work, one that weaves around the mystic feel that a fable should have. The forest responding to the emotions of the people, the sounds of their cries, the melody of their heart, the emotions they release, all bringing it to life. The lake brimming with a life force that is mysterious and dangerous, capturing the essence of their souls as they lose their most precious treasures to it, their children. The characters live in a world of enchantment and the reader is drawn into that world by the words and story of Douglas Clark. The descriptive power of his words in many instances was exceptional. The words carrying you along, as if on the wings of a bird.
I enjoyed this read. I liked the way the father came to the realization of what his children truly needed from him as a father, and how the son understood that there indeed were dangers in the world that he was not ready to battle. An enjoyable fable and a happy ending is always a good thing. Well written