Fantasy award-winning author Graham Joyce’s latest timeslip novel rests on a familiar premise – do fairies exist?
It begins with an elderly couple sitting down to Christmas dinner when the doorbell rings. Their daughter, Tara, walks in - Tara, who has been missing for 20 years, yet she hasn’t aged a day. It’s a book in part about memory that taps into mythology, folklore, bohemian lands and astrology – beautifully drawn charts are described which would be great to see as illustrations. Pertinent quotes start each chapter, for instance Shakespeare’s 'In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected.' But these fairies are not what you think.
Joyce’s major themes are love, loss and family relationships, with the emotional landscape of Tara’s family described from different viewpoints. Strong characterisation and narrative make this a perfectly paced novel that offers a glimpse of the supernatural and mystical elements in delightful fashion, creating a world that offers a much needed source of escapism for readers everywhere. A gripping tale of enchantment that weaves many threads, with a twist at the end.