The cover work for this book is lovely. I’ve always enjoyed the slightly dark tones mixed with innocence and yet, never found myself the time to pick it up. Just like everything else I tend to read, it was years after a great book came out that I finally got to it. If you enjoyed “The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne M. Valente, I would suggest that you would enjoy this book. If you did not enjoy “The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” I would suggest you give it a try anyway. It had the magical components that Fairyland has but, despite their magic, the characters were far more believable. Riggs’ writing made me want to be their friends, to help them on their adventure.
Jacob Portman, a rather uninterested and uncommitted average teenager in Florida, is, well, bored. He’s bored of his life as it is and as it is destined to be – the heir to Smart-Aid, a chain of drug stores. He wants nothing to do with it and does all he can to mess up his job stocking shelves. All of his life, he listened to his grandfather’s fantastical stories of children with special abilities and of monsters with gnashing teeth. Eventually Jacob grew out of these stories while his grandfather was increasingly haunted by them. It isn’t until the night Jacob finds his grandfather’s body as a demon runs away that the nightmares become his own. Afraid of the night and all of it’s mysteries, Jacob sets out to Wales in search of the home of incredible children of his grandfather’s stories with the hope that he can end the nightmares.
He finds more than he bargains for with invisible children, people who float or create fire, who smash houses or create nature. Their very existence is threatened by the wights and hallowgastss and our blase hero, Jacob, just might be the nervous fellow for the task.