A 16-year-old boy follows a vaudeville troupe around America’s poorer regions nearly a hundred years ago.
But what he doesn't realise isthat the fate of creation itself rests with the bizarrely talented and magical characters in the company. The plot focuses not only on how he forces himself into the interesting dynamic of the touring troupe, but how he is linked to the mystical world he was completely ignorant of. This is one of those fantasy books that wears its genre origins lightly. You have a very engaging and accurate-seeming look at variety theatre of the time, into which comes folk tale, elementals, bad creatures and a lot more, in such a way the general reader couldn’t really object. And for the fantasy fan Bennett drops in everything very satisfactorily, with a gothic-tinged, low-key American style of legend.