Rollrock Island is a very isolated community. Miskaella knows she is different, she has a strange connection to the ocean, especially to the seals that come up on the shore. As she grows in her isolation she discovers she’s a sea-witch with the power to draw a girl out of the heart of the seal. Once discovered it becomes known that any man might buy himself a sea-wife – for a price. The true price is far more costly than any man can guess. Over the generations Rollrock Island becomes more insular and darkly strange due to its not quite secret, secret.
This is a devastating tale of the harm hurtful words and attitudes can cause, especially when a little power is added to the mix. It is a darkly woven story of weakness, choices and the rippling effect they have. It is told from different perspectives, across several generations. A complex story that unfolds; from the secret beginnings to its sweeping, dark consequences, full circle to a glimmer of redemption as one person’s hurt turns to revenge and through to a breaking of the dark chain. If you like something a little twisted and dark, that prods at the hidden parts of people, then Margo Lanagan is an author you should sample.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 February 2012
Format: Paperback 360 pages
Categories: Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
ISBN 13: 9781742375052
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