Not at all what I was expecting. I guess this goes to show why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. I thought I was getting a generic monster slaying boring old paranormal novel. I didn’t expect so many feelings!
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.
In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.
So, if I had to compare this to anything it wouldn’t actually be a fantasy novel (shock) it would be the science fiction novel published not so long ago The Space Between the Stars because this is another novel that starts you off feeling like it’s one thing and leaves you in a puddle of tears on your bedroom floor. Problem with that is, it makes it hard for me to review it without spoiling it for you…
So I’ll do my best, but this might not get super specific.
Most important thing in this book? The relationship between the two sisters. If that hadn’t been set up well this would have just been a complete mess. Thankfully, the relationship between Od and Tru is simultaneously beautiful and real. It doesn’t overwhelm you with unrealistic sibling goals but rather it shows you how powerful those relationships can be!
The story is told through Tru’s voice in the present and Od’s story through a series of flashbacks both of which are handled well, they aren’t particularly distinct voices in my opinion, but you do get the sense of two individuals with different priorities so in my opinion that worked quite well.
It’s so annoying not wanting to ruin the story because it means I basically can’t say anymore. Suffice to say, do not go in expecting generic fantasy, that isn’t what you’ll get. Do go in with a couple of tissues nearby because things get a little emotional.
I’m going to stop here because I’m dangerously close to revealing all or crying again. Tweet me if you want to know more (@judithcmoore) and if you’ve read the book we can natter about it even more!
My rating: 4/5 stars
This book publishes September 12 this year so get your preorder in because I don’t think you want to miss this.
By the way, I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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