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A fabulous Gothic novel,
This review is from: The Goddess and the Thief (Hardcover)
The Goddess and the Thief is an intriguing and exotic tale of passion, obsession, betrayal and deception. At the heart of this fabulous Gothic novel lies a sinister plot to steal the dazzling Koh-i-Noor diamond and as the tale of its theft unfolds, the lives of those around it begin to unravel under its strange power.
When 12-year-old Alice Willoughby is taken from her home in India to live with her Aunt Mercy in Windsor, she soon discovers the mysterious séances led by her new guardian, who is a medium. Mercy Matthews is a charlatan, but when her niece begins to see visions of her own, everything changes. Alice draws the attention of Lucian Tilsbury and soon becomes inextricably enmeshed his dark designs.
This is an outstanding novel, with an utterly compelling plot and powerful characters. It is beautifully written and Essie's descriptions of India are breathtakingly exquisite. The legends of the Hindu gods are woven throughout the narrative and the rich and colourful world of Alice's childhood contrasts with the strict conventions and customs of Victorian England. However, the boundaries are blurred through spiritualism and the fascinating relationships between characters from both worlds, including Queen Victoria and Maharajah Duleep Singh. The characters are all bound in some way to the diamond and the plot twists and turns with increasing speed as Alice tries to navigate her way through the mysteries that surround her as she fights for her freedom.
I love Essie Fox's writing and The Goddess and the Thief may be my favourite yet. She is an extremely talented writer and storyteller and I cannot recommend her new novel highly enough - it's an absolute must-read.