The Woman in Black: Angel of Death by Martyn Waters
Last week, I had an amazing date with my library. You know the place that whispers your name and beckons you to come because hundreds of stories wait to be read.
Before I read the book, I threw down the cards and they revealed: The Tower (big and sudden changes are happening) | Nine of Wands (Adversity) | Two of Swords (Confusion/Stalemate). The card combination made me excited and I wondered how Martyn Waters weaved those three themes together into a compelling story.
In the silence of my living room, I curled up on the couch and got lost in the words of the story. Well, not really. I wrote that because it sounded so good and this is what I envisioned in my head. The reality of it was: my little one was trying to figure out how to put his rain village together and had a running narrative going while I read. Nonetheless, I was able to get my love for reading in for the day.
The Tower showed up in the beginning, which indicated that big and sudden changes will be the dominant theme. Whenever I see The Tower card show up in a reading, I can hear the fire crackling, the bricks crashing to the ground, and the people clamoring about. Sure enough, this was the central theme for Edward and Eve. During WWII, Edward loses his mother in an unexpected way and is forced to move away from his home due to the constant bomb threats occurring in his town. He meets Eve, who really takes to him and cares for him while he is a way from home. Edward is not the only one who has experienced a life change. Eve has a few secrets and demons she’s struggling with as well. There are several elements of The Tower that emerges throughout the story and Martyn Waters does an excellent job of keeping the story close to that theme.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – George Bernard Shaw
What other aspects within the story do you see evidence of The Tower?
The Nine of Wands showed up early on the scene as there were portions of the book that dealt with the issue of adversity. If you look at this card, you’ll see the wall of wands behind the man and then the single wand in his hand. He looks exhausted, but knows that he is not finished with his adventures in life.
Edward faces adversity when he loses his mother and then has to live in a new place. However, the real adversity came when he struggled with living in the new place despite the creepiness that surrounded him. The sinister presence in the house caused a huge rift among inhabitants. Heck, just the sound of Eel Marsh House was enough to sent a shiver down my spine. Never mind that the road was impassable when the tide brought in the stinky, dark, and salty water populated with slimy eels. I felt the Nine of Wands theme in the middle of the story is what made it a page turner and I had to read “one more chapter” before setting the book down.
I’m not the sort to back away from a fight. I don’t believe in shrinking from anything. It’s not my speed; I’m a guy who meets adversities head on.
– John Wayne
What other aspects within the story do you see evidence of The Nine of Wands?
After bonding with Edward and Eve as a reader, I wondered if they were going to stay at the sinister house and defeat the woman in black terrorizing their lives or would they successfully leave. The Two of Swords plays nicely in the end because of the confusion among the major and minor characters. There were times where I thought Edward was dead for sure and the way Martyn Waters ends the book, I’m not certain if Edward and Eve have gotten away unscathed. Only another book will reveal the rest of the story.
When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective. – Harvey Mackay
What other aspects within the story do you see evidence of The Two of Swords?
What are some ways you use these three cards and create a compelling story? It could be a work of fiction or non-fiction. The choice and writing adventure are yours! You can do this.
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