Summer in Orcus

When the witch Baba Yaga walks her house into the backyard, eleven-year-old Summer enters into a bargain for her heart’s desire. Her search will take her to the strange, surreal world of Orcus, where birds talk, women change their shape, and frogs sometimes grow on trees. But underneath the whimsy of Orcus lies a persistent darkness, and the distant, mysterious Queen-in-Chains… More

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About T Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher lives in North Carolina and has won the Hugo and Mythopoeic Awards, under a different pen-name.

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Review by: Jessica Cooper on Jan. 26, 2017 : (no rating)
I followed this while it was being serialised. Tuesdays and Thursdays couldn't arrive soon enough. The story follows a young girl who escapes from her pathologically overprotective mother into a land of magic. While there, she gets handed a mystery to solve, picks up random companions, a collection of frightening adversaries, and meets several other characters who may help or hinder her for reasons of their own which don't get explained. Life is messy like that.

The ending is satisfying in a way that simpler "happily ever after" endings just don't achieve.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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