Combining the sorcery of The Night Circus with the malefic suspense of A Secret History, Thorn Jack is a spectacular, modern retelling of the ancient Scottish ballad, Tam Lin—a beguiling fusion of love, fantasy, and myth that echoes the imaginative artistry of the works of Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, and Melissa Marr.
In the wake of her older sister’s suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York. Populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists, every corner of this new place holds bright possibilities—and dark enigmas, including the devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town’s most powerful families.
As she begins to settle in, Finn discovers that beneath its pretty, placid surface, the town and its denizens—especially the Fata family—wield an irresistible charm and dangerous power, a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that holds dangerous consequences for an innocent and curious girl like Finn.
To free herself and save her beloved Jack, Finn must confront the fearsome Fata family . . . a battle that will lead to shocking secrets about her sister’s death.
Debut author Harbour finds some new ground in this twisty, contemporary reworking of the oft-retold Scottish ballad "Tam Lin." Serafina "Finn" Sullivan, haunted by her sister's recent suicide, is just starting college in bohemian, old-moneyed Fair Hollow, N.Y., when her lakeside encounter with the enigmatic Jack Fata attracts the enmity of his powerful family, particularly the ageless, calculating Reiko Fata. Finn's awkward and ghost-ridden but growing romance with Jack soon proves inseparable from the machinations of the "children of nothing and night," especially after she enlists Jack's help to save classmate Nathan Clare from the centennial Teind. Soon Finn confronts a prediction that she herself will die on Halloween. The climax detonates one too many reversals, revelations, and fight scenes after the lengthy buildup of dreamy mystery, but fantasy fans will find much to savor in Harbour's delicate, myth-conscious prose. Loose ends suggest a sequel.
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This was such a fabulous read! It was one of the best escapes I've had in ages. Loved all the imagery and could not put it down. Thank you!