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Starred Review. World Fantasy Award–winner Walton (Tooth and Claw) turns the magical boarding school story inside out in this compelling coming-of-age tale. Welsh teen Morwenna was badly hurt, and her twin sister killed, when the two foiled their abusive mother's spell work. Seeking refuge with a father she barely knows in England, Mori is shunted off to a grim boarding school. Mori works a spell to find kindred souls and soon meets a welcoming group of science fiction readers, but she can feel her mother looking for her, and this time Mori won't be able to escape. Walton beautifully captures the outsider's yearning in Mori's earthy and thoughtful journal entries: "It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books." Never deigning to transcend the genre to which it is clearly a love letter, this outstanding (and entirely teen-appropriate) tale draws its strength from a solid foundation of sense-of-wonder and what-if. (Jan.)
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With a deft hand and a blazing imagination, fantasy writer Walton mixes genres to great effect. Elements of fantasy, science fiction, and coming-of-age novels combine into one superlative literary package that will appeal to a variety of readers across age levels. After engaging in a classic good-magic-versus-bad-magic battle with her mother that fatally wounds her twin sister, 15-year-old Morwenna leaves Wales and attempts to reconnect with her estranged father. She was sent to boarding school in England, and her riveting backstory unfolds gradually as she records her thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a series of journal entries. An ominous sense of disquiet permeates the nonlinear plot as Morwenna attempts to avoid a final clash with her mother. In addition to casting an irresistible narrative spell, Walton also pays tribute to a host of science-fiction masters as she peppers Morwenna’s journal with the titles of the novels she devours in her book-fueled quest for self-discovery. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Beautifully written. I was sad when I noticed I only had a few pages left.Published 12 days ago by Lesley H.
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This book is only "science fiction" because of the main character's obsession with it. If you also have such an obsession, you would love this book. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Cindy Russell
This book, in and of itself, defies any ordinary classification. Walton is an extremely complex writer, with an incredibly light touch. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Katherine Davis
I might not be the right target audience for this one, but honestly, it was a rather predictable coming of age sort of thing with not much else to commend it beyond a great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doc Claw
Absolutely excellent. Did you grow up reading fantasy and/or science fiction? Then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. If you didn't? This probably won't do much for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reviewing Wombat
Picked this book up from the library based on awards buzz. As a love letter to classic Sci Fi and Fantasy, she knows her stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer