Cochrane creates a world filled with glorious nature, magic, enchanters, spells, beauty, roses, and fairy tales. But, lest you think this is close to paradise, darkness does dwell here: a rampaging beast, unbreakable spells, a cave dweller, hexes (where no hex should ever be), and perhaps the most terrifying of all is the pervasive, overwhelming loneliness that touches so many characters.
Weaving together themes of gender, LGBTQIA+ issues, family, environmental destruction, isolation, acceptance, home (no matter where you find it), and the exploration of how a person can change when love blooms into their life.
Yes, this story is a nod to Beauty and the Beast, but it’s far more than that. The wonder found here slyly creeps up on you, and settles deeply. The two main characters have been delicately folded into my heart– never to vacate; thank you, Neil Cochrane! What an absolute joy it’s been to live in this book.
–Dianah Hughley, Portland, OR
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