D (A Tale of Two Worlds)

Hanover Square: Harlequin. Dec. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781335916747. $27.99. fantasy
Originally from Somaliland, Dhikilo is a high school student living in Cawber, a coastal town in England. One morning, she awakes to find that all the Ds have vanished from the English language—including the first letter of her name. More disturbingly, Dhikilo seems to be the only person who notices it! Slowly, items and even animals reliant on Ds (like dogs, for instance) are fading away owing to this bizarre letter disappearance. A dusty old professor seems to comprehend the growing problem and sends the young heroine on a surreal mission to the wintry land of Liminus to confront an enigmatic dictator known as Gamp.
VERDICT Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), an award-winning writer of short stories, fiction, and nonfiction, has created a thoroughly engaging young adult crossover fantasy that occasionally breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the reader midstory. Clever and enjoyable, this Narnia-like work will delight any fantasy buff.
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