Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Five top books in which magic has consequences

Melissa Albert's new novel is The Hazel Wood. At she tagged five tales in which magic has a price, including:
Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

Coakley’s novel takes on the strange, sad legacy of the Brontë siblings: their life in a parsonage at the edge of a lonely moor, their literary genius, their early deaths. Famously, the siblings created an imaginary realm called Glass Town, the setting for their juvenile writings. In Coakley’s hands, Glass Town becomes a fully populated otherworld in which the Brontës are both players and gods. But as their creations become sentient, and evidence grows of a snake in the garden, they discover the costs of playing at creator are heartrendingly high. The book’s wistful, inevitable ending marries invention with historical record, and it still hangs on my heart.
Read about another entry on the list.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow is among Kristian Wilson's seventeen books for Jane Eyre lovers and Melissa Albert's  six magically weird YA fantasy books.

The Page 69 Test: Worlds of Ink and Shadow.

--Marshal Zeringue