So, it’s the world as we know it, but suddenly people start losing their shadows (yes, physics etc, just go with it). But then they start losing their memories. And because they can’t remember things, they start to misremember things into reality. Like alligators that are the size of cruise ships, guns that fire lightening, or that you can’t actually talk to animals.
You know when you’re reading a book and it feels like the perfect book you could be reading at that particular time? I think this was the perfect book for this holiday. Maybe it would have been perfect no matter what the time or place, but for some reason I had some resonance with the universe to be utterly tickled by a novel
The world and tasks are absurd, but no more so than any other fantasy novel. It almost feels like Mark Bowsher is poking fun at the grand fantasy tradition (but in a loving way).
I don’t like the word ‘fresh’ but perhaps that’s a good way of describing it. It’s just different than a lot of fantasy/urban fantasy which works really well in its favour.
So, the book follows the history of a family, the Orchiéres, as they flea from France to life in England. The gift of witchcraft is passed down from mother to daughter but at all times they must keep it secret – or face a hostile world that fears women with such powers.
Certain Dark Things is Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s second novel. Like her first novel, Signal to Noise, it is set in Mexico City. However, this is a very different Mexico City. In the book’s universe, vampires were found to exist in the 1960s – and most countries banned them. While vampires aren’t banned in Mexico, they are banned …
Another great series from V E Schwab. Violence breeds monsters in this world and two unlikely people become friends. But they are caught in the middle of monsters wanting to make war and have to survive.