The Fourth Island

Tor. Oct. 2020. 128p. ISBN 9781250769848. pap. $13.99. FANTASY
Tolmie (The Art of Dying) writes a strange meditation on love and death in this new novella. The people of the tiny island community of Inis Mor are baffled when the body of a strange man washes up on their shore wearing a sweater woven in a pattern no one can identify but that everyone finds familiar. The dead man and his sweater will lead a few of the townsfolk to an unknown island—one that sits just outside the bounds of time and mortality.
VERDICT This quiet, magical-realist fairy tale written with a delicate melancholy will attract readers who enjoyed G. Willow Wilson’s The Bird King or Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This Is How You Lose the Time War.

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