From New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author T. Kingfisher comes A Sorceress Comes to Callâ€”a dark reimagining of the Brothers Grimm's "The Goose Girl," rife with secrets, murder, and forbidden magic.
*The hardcover edition features a foil stamp on the casing and custom endpapers illustrated by the author.*
Cordelia knows her mother is . . . unusual. Their house doesnâ€™t have any doors between roomsâ€”there are no secrets in this houseâ€”and her mother doesn't allow Cordelia to have a single friend. Unless you count Falada, her mother's beautiful white horse. The only time Cordelia feels truly free is on her daily rides with him.
But more than simple eccentricity sets her mother apart. Other mothers donâ€™t force their daughters to be silent and motionless for hours, sometimes days, on end. Other mothers arenâ€™t evil sorcerers.
After a suspicious death in their small town, Cordeliaâ€™s mother insists they leave in the middle of the night, riding away together on Faladaâ€™s sturdy back, leaving behind all Cordelia has ever known. They arrive at the remote country manor of a wealthy older man, the Squire, and his unwed sister, Hester. Cordeliaâ€™s mother intends to lure the Squire into marriage, and Cordelia knows this can only be bad news for the bumbling gentleman and his kind, intelligent sister.
And indeed Hester sees the way Cordelia shrinks away from her mother. How the young girl sits eerily still at dinner every night. Hester knows that to save her brother from bewitchment and to rescue the terrified Cordelia, she will have to face down a wicked witch of the worst kind.
"Kingfisher never fails to dazzle."â€”Peter S. Beagle, Hugo-, Nebula-, and Locus-Award winning author of The Last Unicorn
"Kingfisher is an inventive fantasy powerhouse."â€”BookPage
Also by T. Kingfisher
Nettle & Bone
What Moves the Dead
What Feasts at Night
A House with Good Bones
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