Orbit Books. h/b. £14.99
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins
Professor Emily Wilde was, in fact, the youngest professor to have been appointed to Cambridge University, where she has happily spent her years researching and documenting the various courtly and common faerie folk around the world. All of her first-hand experiences she records in her journal that will, when published, form a comprehensive encyclopaedia of faeries. Her latest journey takes her to the cold shores of Ljosland on the outskirts of the Arctic Circle.
Emily and her dog, Shadow, arrive in the village of Hrafnsvik to a cold cottage and a welcome that all too soon turns cold. For some reason, the locals are no longer willing to help, and Emily finds herself living in stark hardship where the simplest of tasks become arduous or unmanageable. Alone, save the hound, her journal, and an inert faerie stone, Emily doggedly pursues her research.
Little does she know that the unexpected arrival of her pompous and pushy Cambridge colleague, Wendell Bambleby, will send her expedition somewhat off its expected course…