The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Library copy
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.
the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live
by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and
neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.
a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow
Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does
she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a
whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the
alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.
he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly
magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful
Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip
through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers
Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.
I liked this more than I expected. It was very fairy tailish, and it's pretty clear that I like fairy tales. I've read other books by younger authors, and have not been impressed, but with Stefan Bachmann, I was very impressed with his writing style. It was pretty fantastic.
It seems that this is the first of a series, but that's okay with me, because the writing was good enough that I will happily continue on. I would definitely recommend this one to fantasy fans. It's a super quick, fun read.