I picked up this book after Helena Sorenson mentioned it in her article “The World Was An Ocean” over at The Rabbit Room. I love Good Omens and Fortunately the Milk, so I knew of course that anything written by Gaiman would be a masterpiece.
I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, this novel exceeded my expectations and met me where I was emotionally.
There were definitely a few deeply dark and disturbing moments. If you’re triggered by suicide and child abuse, this book may not be for you. However, the moments of light and the sense of feminine protection made the dark moments so worth it for me personally.
This is going on my list of favorite contemporary fantasy novels. I will be reading it again.