Synopses & Reviews
The Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated author of A Red Heart of Memories
continues the spellbinding story of the wandering witch Matilda (Matt) Black, who possesses the ability to communicate with inanimate objects and see into people’s dreams
and her companion Edmund Reynolds, a young man with magic of his own who is only beginning to come to grips with his past and his powers…
The two travelers have come to the town where Edmund grew up, and found shelter in the benevolently haunted house that was a refuge for Edmund and his friends when they were children. But the house begins to speak to Matt, urgently, telling her that she and Edmund have to leave, to seek out the long-scattered friends. For a darkness is rising, a dangerous, powerful entity. And the only chance of stopping it lies in the hearts of the lost children of the house…
“Hoffman writes about magic creatively and with great feeling...her ingenious plotting explores memory, the nature of recollection and personal growth.” Kirkus Reviews
“A lasting addition to the urban fantasy canon.” Booklist
“Hoffman chronicles the destinies of young men and women as they try to come to terms with the magic that flows through the world around them. The author’s sensuous prose and gentle humor add a graceful charm to this fantasy adventure set in the modern world.” Library Journal
“Great urban fantasy…A beautiful story. Nina Kiriki Hoffman is a wonderful storyteller who makes the written word sing. The characters drive the story as the motley crew wins the hearts of readers who will anxiously await the next installment in this fabulous series.” Harriet Klausner, The Midwest Book Review
Her first book introduced Matilda Black and Edmund Reynolds, whose unique abilities and challenges united them-and brought them to a wonderful old "haunted house" that sheltered Edmund and his friends when they were young. Now, that House calls them to reach out to those friends-and reunite them to defeat a powerful, dangerous magic.
"Her ingenious plotting explores memory, the nature of recollection and personal growth." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A lasting addition to the urban fantasy canon." (Booklist)
"Chronicles the destinies of young men and women as they try to come to terms with the magic that flows through the world around them...sensuous prose and gentle humor add a graceful charm to this fantasy adventure." (Library Journal)
About the Author
Over the past twenty-four years, Nina Kiriki Hoffman has sold novels, juvenile and media tie-in books, short story collections, and more than two hundred short stories. Her works have been finalists for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Sturgeon, and Endeavour awards. Her first novel, The Thread That Binds the Bones, won a Stoker Award. Nina's YA novel Spirits that Walk in Shadow and her science fiction novel Catalyst were published in 2006. Her fantasy novel Fall of Light will be published by Ace Books in May.