Art can be revealing, connecting artist and viewer in unexpected ways. It can be healing, connecting the broken pathways of the mind. And it can hurt, bringing memories long buried to the fore. In Danika Stone’s Intaglio: The Snake and the Coins, art is all of this and more.
An angry young woman has moved from painting illegal graffiti—two steps ahead of the law—to studying art in college. Her graffiti-born style attracts the eye of a newly famous painter and his agent, while her incisive opinions attract the ear of a young sculptor, equally angry, equally determined to succeed.
The author’s prose evokes the sense and flow of shape and color, the hidden hints of the artistic muse, and the gradual coming to life of something hidden in memory or imagination. “[A]bstraction blurring with hints of reality” builds into something wonderful, and the reader is pulled along in the artistic venture just as surely as in the romance and mystery of the protagonists’ lives. Relationships are convincing and fun with nicely phrased dialog, clear and sensual love-making, and powerfully raw emotions. Surprising revelations are beautifully timed and satisfying. And the muse speaks as surely through history and the mystery of tea-leaves as through color and form.
A beautiful story where colors and time bleed equally and the creative process takes center stage, Intaglio: The Snake and the Coins is highly recommended.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy by the author with a request for my honest review and I honestly loved it.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Intaglio is a two novel series, following both the past and present lives of the main characters.Supplementary materials, including links to all the artwork mentioned, can be viewed at: danikastone.com
*NOTE:The characters, situations and artists portrayed in Intaglio are all fictitious.Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.Any commentary on artists, writers, or public figures, living or dead, is purely fictional and has no basis in fact.