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on 9 January 2013
Typically dark, this slender book is rather haunting, inhabiting the space between reality and fairy tales, a place Carter returned to over and again. As her first novel it feels a little more perfect, to me, than the likes of 'The Passion of New Eve.' In the character of Honeybuzzard she has created someone even more menacing than Uncle Philip in 'The Magic Toyshop;' you can imagine Honey's urbane and dramatic charm being a (honey) trap. Nearly 50 years after its initial publication, 'Shadow Dance' seems every bit as relevant to the modern age and the horror stories on the news of marginalised communities on the edge of accepted society.
Rich with fairytale motifs, there is little redemption here. Powerfully bleak and beautifully written, there is Carter's customary magic between the lines of cruelty and tragedy.