“Magnificent.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It’s a year and a half after the events of Anarchy—a novel hailed as “bewitchingly perplexing and supernaturally entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews)—and the world is alive with magic in this third astonishingly imaginative novel in the fantasy trilogy that began with Advent.
On a tiny archipelago out of sight of the rest of the world lives Rory, a ten-year-old boy. He and his mother and a handful of survivors live an exhausting and precarious existence, entirely isolated. The sea is alive, and angry. Every man Rory can remember has been drowned. Everyone knows he’ll be next.
One night, for the first time since the world changed and the curse descended, strangers appear on the island. They’re on their way to England, seeking a powerful magic ring. And one of them seems to know Rory by sight…
Caught up in their quest, Rory enters an England of terrors and marvels, at the heart of which lies a place where journeys unimaginably longer and older than his will reach their end: Pendurra.
Loosed magic continues to unwind present-day life in this magnificent concluding volume of Treadwell's fascinating trilogy (after Advent and Anarchy). Rory, a young boy living on the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall, U.K., is the last male member of his community; the others have been claimed by the Sirens who now haunt the surrounding seas. He talks to magical entities, and to one in particular. A trio seeking the source of magic finds Rory and directs him quickly to the mainland, where he seeks the valley that holds the power to make wishes come true. Amid the wrecks of civilization and battling gangs of horse-riding women and dog fur clad men, Rory is forced to decide whether the revealed gods who lurk within the ordinary should stay visible or go back to hiding. Returning to the vigorous storytelling and cohesive plotting that made Advent such a treasure, Treadwell admirably maintains the viewpoint of a perplexed but plucky 10-year-old, handing the reader the key of innocence with which to unlock the mystery of magic.