May 4, 2021 1:43 PM - by Schoffstall, John - Subscribe

A YA medieval fantasy featuring an unusual and transformative friendship between a whip smart and deeply religious young girl and a local witch. Super weird, transporting, beautiful.
posted by latkes (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Reading this reminded me of the experience of reading (and re-reading) my most beloved childhood fantasy novels. Are All the Giants Dead comes to mind. It is deeply original. Has an unusual submerged sexuality for a YA book. Also a strikingly real and fantastic relationship to Christianity. I hardly know what to say about it!
posted by latkes at 1:51 PM on May 4, 2021 [2 favorites]

This is going on the top of my to-read list!
posted by epj at 9:45 PM on May 4, 2021

It’s by metafilter’s own Slithy_Tove!
posted by moonmilk at 5:02 AM on May 5, 2021 [3 favorites]

Just sat down and read it cover to cover over two days based on the description here. Totally fantastic, I’ll be thinking about it for a long time. I think this is the only book I’ve read besides the His Dark Materials trilogy that places Christian theology and magic/fantasy elements all together and treats them all as real and solid things. Really cool to see a take on that that isn’t Pullman’s. Really cool to see a male author expressing such nuanced understanding of adolescent female sexuality (at least, as I experienced it...)

Thanks a million for the rec, latkes!
posted by cabbage raccoon at 2:24 PM on May 8, 2021 [2 favorites]

Read it today - very good stuff! Thanks for the recommendation!
posted by prefpara at 4:12 PM on May 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

Thanks for recommending this! What an unusual book. I really enjoyed it.
posted by potrzebie at 4:57 PM on May 13, 2021 [1 favorite]

Wow, this was fantastic! Whimsical, inventive, irreverent -- and sometimes surprisingly reverent.
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