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Unconventional and beautifully written
on 12 July 2015
It's an English village murder mystery with a dour police inspector. It's a grail quest. It's a transdimensional world building adventure. And it's all anchored by refreshingly novel characters.
The hero is a gifted tween, but he is surrounded by a much larger and more interesting cast of secondary characters than is usually the case. It has Arthurian touches, but without all of the mismatched Arthurian baggage that usually surfaces in works like this. It has magic, witches, and spirits, but that all seems to fit seamlessly into the larger and more grounded narrative.
And, the book is beautifully written. Not overdone and not huffing and puffing toward the fey or "magical", it just reads smoothly with nice descriptive and character touches, and a very good sense of mood and atmosphere.
Just so much more than I expected when I found this overlooked work, and well worth a check out.