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Summary

Victorian missionaries travel into the heart of the newly discovered lands of the Fae, in a stunningly different fantasy that mixes Crimson Peak with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Catherine Helstone's brother Laon has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: Her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon - but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.

©2017 Jeannette Ng (P)2018 Tantor

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good story ruined by awful narrator

A really good story ruined by poor narration. really bizarre and odd pronunciations meant this took me far longer than normal to finish as it kept pulling out of the story. If they wanted an English narrator they should have got one rather than an American doing what they thought was a good 'English' accent.

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Beautiful writing, terrible narration

The writing and world building is dark and beautiful and I think there would be more to find with multiple reads. However I found the mystery and the end twist predictable from pretty early on which made a lot of the later story drag. Also found some of the subject matter a bit ick all the way through, though I think that might be part of the point.

The biggest let down is the terrible narration, with random simple words completely mispronounced which is very distracting and a lethargy which I think was meant to add to the dream like quality of the story but instead meant my attention wandered quite often. Better to read it if that's an option for you.

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hated it

it's one of the only few books that I've stopped listening. hated everything about it

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  • J. Gant
  • 07-08-20

Enjoy incest? This books for you!

I don't enjoy the experience of sexual tension between a brother and sister, so I stopped listening about half way through. I like dark stories and complicated moral questions, but by half way through the book, it seemed nothing had really happened except making me feel cringy.

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  • Enrique lozano
  • 09-08-20

build up

so much potential for a fantasy book.. ruined by something so .. what's the word, unnecessary??

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  • Maria
  • 24-07-20

Much nastier book than I expected but very good

Went into this expecting something playful in the vein of other adult fairy tales like Lud-in-the-Mist or Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell... and it's not that.

There are some fun trappings, such as fairyland’s unconventional moon and sun, but at it's core this is a very dark, almost gross out at points, gothic pastiche and a very serious minded and sustained exploration of how Christianity might come to grips with the newly discovered supernatural.

There are some moments of character illogic that I suspect might break the book for some people, but for me felt all of a piece with the waking nightmare vibe of it all.

This isn't going to be for everyone, but it's fantastic on the admittedly abrasive terms it sets for itself.

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  • Devan
  • 14-06-20

Great setting, cringy twist

struggled to finish, dragged after first 150 pages. the twist in the middle of the book was sickening, and I almost put it down. I finished it hoping for a redeeming resolution, which never came.