Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I think I came into this with high hopes only because I knew the writer from the Doctor Strange movie and having really enjoyed Sea of Rust, but nothing quite prepared me for a full-out novel of the Sidhe. The fae folk. Changelings, a nasty Tithe, and the tricksy Coyote.
Oh, and let's not forget the other main story. Young Coby and his Jinn.
This is a very atmospheric and darkly delicious novel that really gives us the heave-ho into the whole storyline of poorly thought-out wishes, curses, and the kinds of monsters that live within all of us.
And the good intentions that lead soooo many people down the road to hell.
I loved this. It's right up your alley if you love Gaiman and Cat Valente. Dark, mythological, and as twisty as you like.
I don't think there's a single character in this novel that isn't a victim of his or her own hubris. And yet it always charms us, leads us to wonder and discovery, plays with us the way chaos magic always plays with us, and then sets us back down gently amid a field of gore, telling us that we'll be all right.
Or will we?
*tips his red cap upon his head, lets a little moisture drip upon his finger*
Yes, I think we will be all right.
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