3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Short but well-formed Irish tale by a much-missed talent,
This review is from: The Ransom of Dond (Hardcover)
This is pretty much a modern telling of an Irish folk tale. Set in a far-off time, the 13th child on her 13th birthday must be sacrificed for her village to earn 13 years of luck.
It's very Irish and evocative in the telling, and is either a 30 minute read for an adult or a 2-3 session read with a child. The illustrations are lovely, distinctive and suited to the dark tale.
There are fantasy elements to the story - talking animals, curses, mysteries. There are family ties, sacrifice and escape - all in less than 90 pages of story.
I loved Bog Child and A Monster Calls and this tale reminds us that Siobhan Dowd had much more to give as a writer.
A lovely little story worth sharing.