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Publisher's Summary

Ruthanna Emrys’ Innsmouth Legacy, which began with Winter Tide and continues with Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heart-warming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmic apathy of the universe. Emrys brings together a family of outsiders, bridging the gaps between the many people marginalized by the homogenizing pressure of 1940s America. 

Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Deep Roots continues Aphra’s journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away.

©2018 Ruthanna Emrys (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Deep Roots is a marvel of a fantasy novel, with monsters fighting for their very existence and a place to call their own." (Booklist)

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a very good sequel

This book, and the one that came before it, feel so good that they feel.... personal? The characters, the plot, the ideas brought up, the backdrop. This one is going to be sitting with me for a long time.

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Buy it if you liked the first one

This is a hard review to write! I loved the original book and was so looking forward to this one. On a technical level I think it’s as well written as the first.

The difference is that the surprise of the world was used up in the first book, and this book lacks the same punch. Yes there are new surprises but it quickly lost steam.

I’d like a little more excitement and drive. I know they’re not superheroes but... I know some people enjoy slow plodding novels about normal people living their day to day but not me - and this is kind of the fish blooded version of that.

I’d like more to be on the line and the characters to acknowledge that. Maybe their long life spans distorts their view in this regard but it doesn’t do much for the reader.

The reading was flawless as usual. I will likely buy the next book. But I may not stick with it after that if the slow pace continues. It’s just not for me.

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Slow burn

I really enjoyed Winter Tide and this sequel was not disappointing.

More of the Lovecraft mythos is introduced as Aphra and her friends have to confront entities that only want to help humanity survive but rather do it by manipulation and deceit.

More of Aphra’s world is revealed at the plot unfurls in leisurely manner and the ending is bittersweet, laced with hope and the acceptance that things have not worked as well as what was expected.

Another excellent narration by Gabra Zackman.