Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cuckoo Song-Frances Hardinge

Cuckoo Song-Frances Hardinge

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 409
gender: female
nationality: UK
year: 2014
novel, YA

Triss awakes but might not be herself...or human.

Amazing really. This is an excellent interpretation of the legends of changelings and what a world in which there are changelings would also have. Set between the world wars, there is still that typical British preoccupation with the cost of WWI (the death of sons and fianc├ęs feature heavily in British post-WWI literature) but with this fantasy world interposed. I didn’t even realize it was a long book, I was so enjoying the changeling narrator, her sister’s misadventures, the gray-area characters (is the changeling-hunter a villain or just misguided), and the villain which wasn’t quite an adult. Engrossing doesn’t do it justice, you’re swept along with all the new revelations and dangers which often are genuinely creepy.

I don’t know what else to say without running into any potential spoilers-well paced, good prose, excellent plot-I recommend this to anyone.

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