The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull
After nearly a decade spent running from their grief, Clare Macleod and her geologist father are returning home to Ireland. Home to the house in the hill with the ancient yew tree growing inside it and the one glassless window always kept open for the fairies. Home to the sea. Home to her mother’s ashes, left behind on the mantel. And home to the Strange, although the Strange has followed Clare all her life.
Some people call the Strange fairy-makings, although Clare has long ago grown past believing in fairies – or at least she thinks she has. For the first time since she lost her mother, Clare feels a sense of belonging. She belongs to the green hills, the ruins of the old castle nearby, the twisting roots of her tree holding her safe to the earth, and to her old childhood Finn, now just as grown-up as she is, and still believing in fairies, because he is one.
But a dark creature stalks the old fairy roads, hunting for Clare and for Finn, thirsty for vengeance and desperate to ensure an old prophecy never comes true. Clare must learn, and quickly, how to take hold of her mother’s legacy, find the hidden keys to gates long closed, and walk the old ways to save not only the land of fairy, but all the world.
Chasing through twilight dreams, old forests, ancient cliffs, and through the very roots of the earth, this novel reads like the sort of dream you have just before waking. Vibrant, powerful, and twisty, Katherine Catmull’s lush, lyrical language will completely fold you in to Clare’s story. Lovely and deliciously nightmarish, this one’s for anyone who loves the old stories. Don’t miss this modern fairy tale at the library!