The Thorns Remain

Magpie. Apr. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780008603168. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
Just after World War I in a small village in Scotland, Moira Jean grieves the loss of her beloved, whom she planned to marry and leave this small town with. Stuck and feeling the emptiness, she and her friends get drunk in the woods late one night, but she is the only one who comes back. The next morning she finds that all her friends have disappeared, leaving no trace behind. The villagers believe they’ve gone to nearby towns for work, but Moira knows they have been taken by the fae. She bargains with the Lord of the Fae to bring her friends back, but the cost is high. She needs to solve the mysteries and riddles given to her by the Lord to keep her friends from being lost to the realm of the fae forever. The longer they stay, the less like themselves they will be.
VERDICT This gripping, folkloric tale of the Scottish fae will keep readers thoroughly engrossed and transport them to this fairy tale realm. Fans of Rebecca Ross, Heather Fawcett, and Sarah J. Maas will enjoy the latest from Harwood (The Shadow in the Glass).
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