Mojo Place lives waayyy out in the sticks, somewhere in the Berkshire foothills of Western Massachusetts, as far from polite society as both can manage. She spends a fair amount of her time shooing bears out of her back yard. When she is not shooing bears, her life is dull and uneventful. She prefers it that way. More mind-numbing dullness can be found on her website, www.mojorama.com.
It begins with the terrifying nightmare of a young woman, pregnant with her second child. It ends, nearly forty years later, with an old widow, a former queen, crawling amidst the wreckage of her city—her family butchered, an old age of slavery and abasement ahead.
Spiders hatch from their eggs as miniature adults, certain of their role in life. All except Yarunt, that is. Born premature—lacking vital instincts and the ability to spin—Yarunt finds herself thrown into a bewilderment of growing panic and chaos. And that's just her mother.
An artist, a famous Painter, discovers an offhand doodle in her sketchbook has inexplicably come to life. From the moment the Painter draws him, the doodle-a childish stickman named Sketch-has but one dream: to become a great artist like his creator. The Painter is a willing enough teacher, but Sketch proves a challenging student...