From the author of the Tales of Aylfenhame comes a stunning new fairy tale, replete with "large helpings of wit and whimsy" (Publishers Weekly)
When the centuries-barren orchards of Berrie-on-the-Wyn suddenly bear fruit, it is clear that something strange is afoot — and something fey, for this is no ordinary harvest. To partake of the fruits of Faerie is to be changed for good, but not necessarily for the better.
From whence come the golden apples, the moonlit silver pears? Who is the motley piper who walks the streets of Berrie, drawing forth magic and mayhem with his music? And how can half of the town vanish into thin air?
There may be chaos aplenty in Berrie, but all that's needed to set things straight is a touch of the right light — and maybe just the right pair of Boots...
A village is threatened by a heritage it forgot long ago in this charming, but overlong, fairy tale. Berrie-on-the-Wyn was once famous for its orchards, but the trees haven't produced fruit in generations. When "miraculous" fruits start appearing on once-empty branches, most villagers can't resist the temptation, but each person who consumes a fruit is irrevocably changed: a sick woman is healed, an alcoholic stops drinking, a talkative man is silenced, and the village slowly disappears into Faerie. A strange, fey piper warns villagers not to meddle, but human help will be key as the piper tries to fix a supernatural mix-up. English draws on familiar fairy tale elements magical seeds and fruit, enchanted shoes, adventurous villagers, and large helpings of wit and whimsy to tell her story. There's little surprise in the plot, but readers who enjoy the old-fashioned language of classic fairy tales will be pleased with this one. (BookLife)
A wondrously windy tale, of disappearing towns, time and people.
I loved this story, it’s descriptive lushness, quirky characters, and intriguing concept of a town drifting in and out of a magical realm. I was sorry when it ended but satisfied with the ending.