In critically-acclaimed Alex Bledsoe s Tufa novel, Gather Her Round , a monster roams the woods of Cloud County, while another kind of evil lurks in the hearts of men.
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In critically-acclaimed Alex Bledsoe s Tufa novel, Gather Her Round, a monster roams the woods of Cloud County, while another kind of evil lurks in the hearts of men.
Love and tragedy are not strange bedfellows among the Tufa. Young Kera Rogers disappears while hiking in the woods by Needsville. When her half-eaten remains are discovered, the blame falls upon a herd of wild hogs, a serious threat in this rural community. In response, the county s best trackers, including game warden Jack Cates and ex-military Tufa Bronwyn Chess are assembled to hunt them down.
Kara s boyfriend Duncan Gowen mourns her death, until he finds evidence she cheated on him with his best friend, Adam Procure. Seeking revenge, Duncan entices Adam to participate in their own boar hunt. Later, Bronwyn and Jack stumble across a devastated Duncan, who claims a giant boar impaled Adam and dragged him off. As this second death rocks the town, people begin to wonder who is really responsible.
Determined hunters pursue the ravenous horde through the Appalachians as other Tufa seek their own answers. Between literal beasts in the woods and figurative wolves in sheep s clothing, what truths will arise come spring?
Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways. Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author on The Hum and the Shiver"
- ISBN-13: 9780765383341
- ISBN-10: 0765383349
- Publisher: Tor Books
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Series: Tufa Novels #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-30
- Reviewer: Staff
In the gripping fifth novel starring the mysterious, fairy-descended Tufa (after Chapel of Ease), the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee once again come alive with magic, music, and mystery. Bledsoe adeptly blends fairy tales and folklore as he expands the concept of exiled fairies, much diminished, dwelling in the mountains and hollows of America. When a young Tufa woman, Kera Rogers, is killed by an enormous feral hog, it throws her community into upheaval. Both of her boyfriends, Adam Procure and Duncan Gowen (who has just learned of Keras involvement with Adam), vow to hunt down the animal; the Tufa leaders look for supernatural causes behind the attack; and the human authorities seek to protect everyone, unaware of any strangeness in the air. When the hog claims another victim, it seems as though the situation will only be resolved through the use of skillful song and the intervention of uneasy spirits. In this installment, Bledsoe explores grief, guilt, love, and despair as a not-so-random car crash sets off a chain of tragedy and reprisal. The only thing marring this beautifully atmospheric tale is a framing sequence that, while solidly executed, draws away some of the tension. Still, Bledsoe comfortably inhabits the space where rural fantasy and magic realism overlap and makes it his own. Agent: Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary. (Mar.)