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    Title: The Folk Keeper

    Author: Franny Billingsey

    Genre: Fantasy

    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Publication Date: October 1999

    Source: Bought

    Paperback: 162 Pages

    Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone

Corinna is a Folk Keeper. Her job is to keep the mysterious Folk who   live beneath the ground at bay. But Corinna has a secret that even      she doesn’t fully comprehend, until she agrees to serve as Folk Keeper at Marblehaugh Park, a wealthy family’s seaside manor. There her hidden powers burst into full force, and Corinna’s life changes forever…


It is a day of yellow fog, and the Folk are hungry. They ate the lamb I brought them, picking the bones clean and leaving them outside the Folk Door.

writes Corin(na), The Folk Keeper of Rhysbridge in his journal, Folk Record (this novel).Dear readers, The Folk Keeper as a book, as a novel, is a personal journal of Corin Stonewall.So please bear with me as i refer to the book, this story, as the Folk Record henceforth in this review.

Corinna Stonewall is a 15 year old orphan who changes herself to Corin,a boy to become a Folk Keeper at Rhysbridge Foundling Home.Her job is to keep FOLKs away, so that they don’t destroy crops, kill animals and hurt humans.  And what are FOLKs ? Well they are fierce, wild and terrifying creatures and if they are not fed well and if they get angry, they become very destructive.Nobody has ever seen FOLKs,not even Corinna. FOLKs live in Cellar.

Corin is taken from Rhysbridge to Marblelaugh Park in Northern Isles to protect Lord Merton and Lady Alicia’s estates of FOLKs.Lord Merton is the only person who knows Corinna’s secrets.He knows she can tell accurate time and that her hair grows two inches every night.In cliffsend, she meets Finian.Its in Northern that Isles she finds her true self.Its here that she comes to make choices of  her lifetime.

My thoughts

The Folk Keeper,Folk Record is a retelling of selkies’ legend. What is/are selkies ? This is what wikipedia threw at me

Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological shapeshifting creatures that are found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, and Scottish folklore.Selkies are seals that can shed their skin to become humans.

The story is dark, and quite frankly i loved all the darkness in Folk Record.

Corinna is an orphan with absolutely no memory of her parents or her origin . Her choice to become Corin, I think, comes from her desire to have power.Corin is a person who makes her powerful, who lets her live her life her own way. Corin is the person through whom she can get back at world.Corin triggers this unapologetic vengeful alter ego of her. And you can see this in Folk Record here

No one can tell a falsehood about Corinna Stonewall and remain unpunished.Matron should have known that.She should have known I’d take a fierce revenge.You have to.The world will otherwise use you shamefully.

Did Corinna want to become Corin. Or did she become Corin and lose herself as Corinna? I loved the struggle wherein parts of Corinna mix up with that of Corin’s, where Corinna struggles to be accepted and cared for, while Corin would have not bothered about it.Is it possible to choose an identity for yourself and live with it throughout ?

Thank you Ms Billingsley you have given me an unapologetic heroine, one of her kind,  one who will be remembered for a  long time.

There is a romantic aspect mentioned in Folk Record.Let me tell you its just a part of the Folk Record but a beautiful and lovely part to wait for, till it happens.

The Folk Keeper might seem to be a small package at 162 pages.Now if you think you can get through the book easily, I am afraid you might miss the immeasurable depths hidden in this whimsical, at times(very rarely) poetic prose.And what you get in this small package is a folklore of its kind and a story of its kind.

Dear Ms Billingsley

Please keep writing as you have vivid and eccentric imagery, a powerful pen and starving readers like me 🙂

I rate: 9, Outstanding.

I leave

With a giveaway.Since i enjoyed folk keeper so much, I have decided to give one copy.Open internationally(wherever Book Depository delivers)

Ends 20th August (GMT)

Please leave a comment to enter.

I will use random.org to pick a winner.