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Kenneth Oppel and his narrator, Matt Cruse, work in harmony to share a beautiful, compelling story.
Their author-narrator relationship is so well honed that the reader feels a sense of leadership behind the actual story and can sit back and easily absorb the tale.
It’s true that as the author, technically, Oppel is Airborn’s narrator.
This makes the purpose of differentiating between the role of the author and the role of the narrator appear to be a moot point.
Most narrators are willing to work with their authors to achieve balance in their stories to increase reader engagement.
But not all narrators are amicable.
Depending on the subject, an uncooperative narrator may refuse to unite forces with the author, which means the story may suffer in various ways, such as its pacing and Scene structure.
I’ve read Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast seven times now in the last decade after I first discovered Robin McKinley’s adaptations. It’s incredibly rare for me to reread a book but what usually does the trick is the voice.
When a book has great voice, it means the author understands the role of a narrator and lets said narrator do his or her job. In this book, it’s not an easy feat as McKinley brings Beauty and the Beast into the modern world by giving the tale contemporary relevance about feminine capability while simultaneously preserving the magical essence of what makes a fairy tale, a fairy tale.