greetings from the Vivian Amberville fanclub of Canada!
5 December 03, 2020
Blackwick's Vivian Amberville series is an exploration of the subconscious, through layers of easy-to-digest metaphor and clever fiction. In this fictitious world, we are thrown in a seemingly wondrous universe where "history can be rewritten", "any event can be altered" and "thoughts can alter the substance of reality". But just like imagination is both a force of creation and of destruction alike, Blackwick's world is one of Chaos, or should I say order within chaos and chaos within order. Vivian's Young Adult journey is one of individuation, but unlike the typical hero's journey, she carries within her the Dark behind the eyes, the Chaos of reality and the Shadow of the human soul. This "tainting by evil" grants her powers above her peers (she is a Chaos Weaver), yet it also offers warning about corruption and how easily it is to be engulfed by the jungian shadow. The other characters thus become a study of archetype, if always inversed (the nurturing mother vs. the devouring mother - the Mother of Nations, the Wise Old man vs. the corrupt and crooked conniver etc.), and since Blackwick is also big on alchemy, the characters also designate the stages of alchemical transmutation.
In other words, expect a Harry Potter level of epic writing, but with deeply-ingrained and immensely clever jungian ideals that transcend the boundaries of fiction and find roots into the collective unconscious of all.
If you're a fan of Peterson as I am, you need to read Louise Blackwick - especially her other stories which are not YA and go that extra mileage in jungian psychology - THE UNDERWORLD RHAPSODY, REPROBATES and JUMP INTO THE ABYSS!. If you're not familiar with jungian archetypes, pick up VIVIAN AMBERVILLE - THE WEAVER OF ODDS or soon enough VIVIAN AMBERVILLE - THE BOOK OF CHAOS and you will be gripped by a story so original, clever, epic and inspiring, it deserves to live for all time on the shelves of literary history.
Seriously, buy this book on paperback. You will be enriched by the experience!