I don’t normally read paranormal tales of Shifters and Elves and assorted folk who populate some Other-World. The story has to have a promising premise for me to even read a few pages. There have been a few that I couldn’t possibly turn away from. My last piece is evidence of that. But now, another novel filled with Other-Worlds has crossed my path and I wanted to tell you about it.
“The Grimoire of Kensington Market” by Lauren B. Davis
It tells the story of an otherworldly drug crisis wherein the city becomes consumed by demand for elysium, a new drug that lets users literally transport to another world.
Bookstore owner Maggie is one of the few holdouts to the drug, which has a nasty tendency to turn deadly. Unfortunately, her brother Kyle isn’t so lucky and Maggie finds herself on a dangerous mission to rescue him from the so-called Silver World. A dark fairy tale for Toronto (based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”)
I’m a sucker for tales set in Toronto, having spent a good deal of my formative youth there. Throw in damaged and all-too-human characters and I’m willing to give it another look. And for that book’s author to have such a seemingly keen understanding of the timelessness of fairy tales to include this comment by C.S. Lewis, “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”, promises me something a little different. A glimpse at the author’s blog gives me a good idea of the woman behind the novel, and that just set the hook, so to speak.
So I’m in. I’ll be picking up this book just as soon as I can.
What are you reading these days? You are reading, right?