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When his family is forced from Bath back to the rural family farm of Ormeshadow, Gideon Belman finds himself in a whole new world. His father’s failings have led them back, back to the sheep and the chalk, back to where the dragon called the Orme sleeps, and back to where family is far from a comfort. Gideon will come of age tied to the land, and the stories that attend it.

Short, powerful, and poetic, Ormeshadow is the type of book that pulls you in and won’t let you go. Part myth, part alternate history, Gideon’s story is completely mesmerizing, as tragedy, desire, and grief crash together as powerfully as the sea beating away against the Orme. Priya Sharma takes the real world and twists it just so, making readers wonder if there is a supernatural element, or if the stories inside the story are merely within the imagination of the characters, and it’s a wildly beautiful and evocative way to tell the story. Gideon is an identifiable and sympathetic character, his uncle reprehensible, and everything else falls just as it should. Complex, beautiful, strange, this is a wonderful book for those who love a good story.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher Tor.com
Publish Date 2019-10-15
ISBN 9781250241436
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Issue December 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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