The love story between Ines de Castro and King D Pedro I is one of the most tragic, intense and powerful in European history. Their story has become a legend and it is difficult to separate fact from fiction, where the only certainty that remains is the element of forbidden, but everlasting, love. With her latest work, Ines’ Words, Haidji brings her unique and magical style to this subject and shows not only the enduring power of the legend, but of love itself.
Powerful, poetic and beautifully written, 14 Jun. 2017
Royalty doesn’t get you everything it seems. It’s a well known fact, that when it comes to royalty or aristocracy, you rarely marry for love. More often than not they are usually arranged by the respective families, having their authority, affluence and general interests in mind, with the bride and groom having little or no say in the matter. Since these political arrangements were essential in the power plays (both past and present), there is no room for love. In the case of Prince Pedro of Portugal and Lady Inês de Castro, they were willing to defy these notions. However, not even a King’s forbidden love was safe from destiny’s cruel designs or the court’s cruel plots.
But all is not lost in this powerful, poetic and beautifully written story. The reader is transported into the future where the author creatively and artistically links both worlds between the life of an ordinary woman, Mariana, with the eternal love of Inês and Pedro. To say any more would be giving spoilers away, so you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself to find out!
Author, Haidji, writes with a delicate and imaginative touch. The story was elegantly rendered, beautifully drawn, lyrical and yet thought-provoking. Ines’ Words unfurls in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance. Into the spaces between the words, the author breathes a pulsating intensity that rolls between the old and new worlds.
This book with take you on a mesmerizing journey that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. A book which has been beautifully written and is ultimately a book you simply can’t put down. I, for one, feel all the richer for having read it. There’s no doubt that this author is uniquely talented and I’ll be looking forward to reading more from her in the future.