This time the random number generator picked a lovely round number, book #300, which is Savage Her Reply by Deirdre Sullivan!
A dark, feminist retelling of The Children of Lir told in Sullivan’s hypnotic prose. Aife marries Lir, a king with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aife turns them into swans for 900 years. Retold through the voice of Aife, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, yet nuanced in its exploration of the guilt of a complex character. Voiced in Sullivan’s trademark rich, lyrical prose as developed in Tangleweed and Brine – the multiple award-winner which established Sullivan as the queen of witchy YA.
I’ve yet to read Sullivan’s fairy tale short story collection Tangleweed and Brine, though it’s also on my TBR, but I really enjoyed her YA contemporary horror Perfectly Preventable Deaths, which was wonderfully dark and witchy (review here). I was lucky enough to win a copy of Savage Her Reply from a contest the publisher ran on Twitter, and I’m really intrigued by it. I love the tragic story of the Children of Lir, and I’m looking forward to seeing a new take on it. I think this is going to be a dark, wintry book, so I might save it for later in the year, but I think it will definitely be powerful.
Have you read this one, or is it on your TBR? I’d love to know what you think!