The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott is an eco-thriller, steeped in myth and the exploration of humanity’s effect on the natural world.
The story follows the search for a mythical creature called a rain heron (a shape-shifting bird with the ability to control the weather) in a remote part of a country that’s been overtaken by a coup. A soldier is tasked with finding the bird, and she decides to use an old woman – a hermit of the forest – to find it.
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The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott: My Thoughts
This story closely echoes the environmental issues we as humans are struggling with today: our (mostly) detrimental imprint on the Earth.
The writing style here was unique, but it’s easy to get used to and for the most part I didn’t find it distracting. I liked seeing certain parts of the story from different points of view. The narration did feel a little detached at times, but I think that was purposeful.
I loved how the specifics about time and place were left out. It gave the story a more mythical feel, allowing me to wonder and imagine where it might be. There were a few different settings – forest, farmlands, and by the sea – and each one was interesting and beautiful in its own way. They were all places I wish I could visit one day.
Overall, The Rain Heron was a moving tale, filled with pain and sorrow but also connection, strength and hope.
Rating: 4.25 (out of 5) stars
Release date: February 9nd, 2021
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