In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
My Rating: ***
|I don’t usually read fantasy but this novel was quite good. My favourite thing about this book was definitely the atmosphere very dark and eerie and I loved the setting. The House of Salt and Sorrows is an enchanting and haunting retelling of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. The story begins at Highmoor, a remote manor on the sea with Annaleigh, her father, stepmother and sisters. Where once there were twelve sisters, at the start of our story, only nine remain. The last one to die is Eulalie who falls to her death from a cliff into the sea. Possibly to meet a lover who she planned to run away with. People believe there is a curse on this family. Erin A. Craig’s retelling of the tale delivers a magically engrossing tale including gods, a suspicious stepmother, magic doorways, haunting visions, terrifying suspense, and romance. The cover is beautiful. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a good fantasy novel.
Erin A. Craig
New York Times bestselling author Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories.