Daughter of Black Lake

Riverhead. Oct. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780735216167. $28. FANTASY
Buchanan’s new novel (after The Painted Girls) is set in the early years of Roman rule in Britain, where Hobble, a young woman with a supernatural connection to the otherworldly, comes of age. Hobble’s abilities make her a subject of interest in the eyes of unpredictable religious zealots. She must use her gifts to assist in Britannia’s efforts against Roman invasion and guarantee the safety of her family’s future. Using vivid, and at times jarring, imagery, Buchanan’s storytelling weaves through Hobble’s past, her parents’ relationship, and the current structure of her small community, creating an intricate view of a society on the brink of change.
VERDICT Recommended for readers of historical fiction, romance, and supernatural suspense.

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