Much of the drama has already happened before the novel starts. We learn that Morwenna and her twin sister Morganna spent their childhoods playing with fairies in the overgrown, industrial ruins around their Welsh town. Although the fairies are distinctly non-human in appearance, behavior and modes of communication, the twins were able to understand their intentions – when the fairies could be bothered to make the effort.
Such an occasion happened when the fairies provided the means to stop a magical power grab by their sociopath mother. “She wants everyone to love her and despair.” Though the twins were successful, Morganna was killed and Morwenna crippled. Still fearful of her mother, Morwenna ran away. As the novel opens, she is being placed in the custody of her father, an Englishman she’s never known. Read more »