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Author: Garen Glazier
Publisher: Only Child Press
Publication Date: 09/16/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: Art, demons, and death. Seattle is On the Verge.
2016 BookLife Prize Quarterfinalist
“The sinewy plot…provides a solid matrix for imaginative insights into the relationship between art, creativity, and myth that hold the tale together.” – Critic’s Report, 2016 BookLife Prize
Freya is just a university student worried about grades and tuition until a gorgeous succubus interrupts her post-exam latte with a proposition: come work for her boss, Seattle’s reclusive heiress and antiquities collector Imogen Beldame. Eagerly agreeing despite a nagging feeling in the pit of her stomach, Freya finds herself swept up in a deadly quest at the behest of her psychopathic new employer. Beldame has given her until Halloween to collect three magical pigments that hold the key to crafting mesmerizing portraits that can access the Verge, a borderland on the edge of human reality, and the powerful beings that call it home.
Freya’s reluctant journey takes her to a goblin stronghold in the Cascades for the color blue, to the Seattle Underground to request the color red from Baba Yaga, and to the Fremont home of a beautifully gruesome Cambodian ahp, or spirit of the night, for the color yellow. Working together with Rusty, an enigmatically disfigured man intimately connected with the Verge, and a motley crew of mercurial demons, Freya must come up with a plan to stop Beldame and preserve the fragile balance between fantasy and reality that is at its most vulnerable on Halloween.
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I found this book to be very interesting. It takes the supernatural and it mixes with the human world in such a way as to make it perfectly plausible that this could, in fact, be reality in some way.
The Verge is a place on the very edges of human reality where the creatures of myth and legend exist. These creatures can, upon occasion, wander into our reality. Sometimes, they even become bound to objects such as books, holy relics, and paintings. This is an interesting concept and definitely more interesting that your run of the mill vampire novels or fallen angel books. Sure, I like those, but they’re starting to get a wee bit on the old side. This is the supernatural on a whole other level.
Freya is endearing. Awkward, loving of curious objects, and now finding herself in quite the pickle thanks to a very weird old lady and a supernatural being who is at odds with said very weird old lady. Ophidia & Dakryma are extremely interesting characters while Beldame gives me the absolute creeps. Then again, she is a very weird old lady.
I loved the way the story was written. It was easy to get sucked right into the book and I didn’t want to put it down, even though I had to upon occasion. The cats feel they need to be fed upon occasion I suppose. All in all, a great read and a book I definitely recommend for anyone looking for a supernatural book that isn’t ordinary.
I received this book for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.