Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure.
I'm always drawn to a good fantasy/whimsical book and I'd heard great things about this book, so couldn't resist adding it to my collection!
And for the majority of this book I was captivated! It's the story of Ida MacLaird who is slowly turning to glass from the feet up, and she returns to the mysterious Island where she is convinced that her condition began to search for the mysterious Henry Fuwa who she met when she was last there, in the belief that he can help her.
While she is there she meets Midas Crook, who is another fascinating and shy character who has his own tragic backstory to tell, and they start to spend more time together in the hope of helping each other find answers.
The reader is introduced to a wide range of weird and wonderful characters, and creatures, and that is why I did find the last few chapters a little disappointing as it seemed to run out of puff a little bit and just couldn't keep up the pace and intrigue right until the end. It was still a fascinating and tragic read at times as you get so wrapped up with these two characters and their journeys that you are just willing them to get their happy ending
I'd highly recommend it to those who enjoy fairytales and a story a little different from the others as it is beautifully written and I'll definitely be adding some more of Ali Shaws' books to my collection.
Always a good start to a month to come away from a shopping trip with a couple of books, and that is what happened today despite my best intentions not to add to the TBR pile! I'd been aware of these books coming out for a couple of months so it was good to finally get my hands on them - The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, and Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg. Has anyone out there read them yet?! Any good? Always a little scared to read books I've been looking forward to for so long in case they disappoint so I'm keeping everything crossed that these live up to my expectations! The covers are both gorgeous anyway!!
Got quite a few books and e-books now on the TBR pile so really need to get down to some serious reading!! If only real life didn't keep getting in the way!!
Wishing you all a fun week full of fabulous books and plenty of reading opportunities!!