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This is a gripping and beautifully written story about Pip, a kelpie who is banned from the Otherworld and ends up in Peak, Colorado, in the human world, without any clear memories of who or what she was before her banishment. Tobler vividly describes the way the fae Otherworld mingles and bleeds into the human world, as the characters try to come to grips with a mysterious death, the mysterious appearance of Pip, while also trying to save the Otherworld from destruction. I was drawn in completely to this strange and wonderful story from the very first chapter, and I read the last half of the book in a mad, page-turning frenzy to find out how it would end.
A marvellous cast of characters gives the story real depth and heart (and oh, there are a lot of hearts in this story... beating, and devoured!), and I love how the fairy-tales are turned upside down and inside out and are allowed to move and breathe in our reality.
With gorgeous prose and also a moving love story (or stories) in the mix, this book is a keeper.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2017
This story speaks of old things. Damp forests, darkness, small town familiarity. And then it starts to get more and more wonderfully strange. I like Tobler's work best when she fully embraces the weird, and she has done that here. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I can assure you it will give you so much more in reading pleasure than you could imagine. This story makes you feel young and ancient all at the same time.