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Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this soft world, protected from the violence, predation, and village prejudice that once harmed their mother.

But the real world cannot be denied forever - magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga's refuge. Now, having known heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

This is a tale of journeys and transformations. From girl to witch to woman. From boy to beast to man. From hell to heaven to . . . reality.

Building her tale on a mythic scaffolding, Margo Lanagan asks timeless questions about what it is to be human. She explores the evil and the sweetness in the world and reveals the essential magic of learning to live with both.

©2008 Margo Lanagan; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2009 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel

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  • Ronni
  • Corral de Tierra, CA, USA
  • 07-19-09

Rich, inventive tale--but not for children

I loved the darkness and rich innocence of this created world. The characters and culture presented are a mix of old village life, fairy tale, and ... sexual perversion and cruelty. This story has incest, rape, and retaliatory sodomy. I can't figure out how it wound up in Audible Kids! It's a very well told tale--original, beautiful, and powerful--but it's not for kids.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Maarya
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 11-24-09

Dark and Gloomy

I wasn't sure I would like this book much from what I heard in the little sample given, but I bought it on a whim and was very pleased. The story is dark and gloomy and at times a bit rough to get through (some of the narration is a little muddled) but all in all it was a good listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful