The salt will get heavy
by Cassandra Khaw
Expensive readers, I’d be remiss if I didn’t level out that Cassandra Khaw’s e book The Salt Grows Heavy is about what occurs when a horror story model of a mermaid groups up with a Frankenstein’s monster to burn all of it down. It’s, in its personal blood-soaked and rage-fueled means, a romance. There won’t be many people for whom that is our jam, but when this IS your jam, buckle up.
The unnamed narrator is, for lack of a greater phrase, a mermaid…
…an individual who was captured, mutilated, and raped (in backstory, off-page) by a prince whom she and her toothy kids then destroyed, and by destroyed, I imply eaten.
She and the dominion’s plague physician (additionally unnamed) depart the dominion in ashes and go wandering. They encounter a bunch of youngsters and youngsters who’re locked in some form of limitless worship of the Lord of the Flies beneath the thrall of three surgeons – those the plague physician remembers all too nicely from his previous. Violent issues occur.
I can not stress sufficient to readers simply how a lot violence and gore this brief story incorporates. There are actually buckets, or a minimum of jars, of blood. Youngsters die, animals die, snow is painted crimson, and so forth. and so forth After I say the narrator burns all the things down, I am not speaking metaphorically, or a couple of single occasion. You probably have pent-up rage that wants a vicarious outlet, and would not, then these 112 pages ought to offer you a bite-sized catharsis.
Nevertheless, I’ll preserve a place that whereas it is a work of horror fiction, it is usually a deeply felt romance, a really lovely love story. The unlikelihood of those two love experiences – real love, tenacious, messy, hard-earned love – is epic contemplating their previous experiences and the truth that the mermaid specifically has by no means had or, extra probably, been disadvantaged empathy, heat, and tenderness. The mermaid appears helpless and probably unable to type attachments, even together with her personal offspring. And but this attachment occurs, and it’s lovely.
It is a novella, and there is not loads of time for character constructing, however I nonetheless cherished these characters. There’s nothing candy or cozy and even horny about this romance, however should you’re within the temper for one thing very completely different and do not thoughts loads of guts, give it a strive.
– Carrie S.
From Cassandra Khaw, USA At the moment bestselling creator of Nothing However Blackened Tooth, comes The Salt Grows Heavy, a pointy and haunting fairy story about discovering darkness on this planet and darkness inside oneself.
“This sensible information is to not be missed.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED journal
“With this brilliantly constructed story… Khaw cements his standing as a must have creator.” —Library Journal, STARRED Overview
You may suppose you know the way the fairy story of a mermaid comes ashore and marries the prince. However what fables neglect is that mermaids have tooth. And now his daughters have devoured the dominion and decreased it to ashes.
On the run, the mermaid is joined by a mysterious plague physician with a darkness all her personal. Deep within the unusual snow-covered forest, the pair encounter a village of ageless, bloodthirsty kids and the three “Saints” who management them.
The mermaid and her physician should embrace the crueler components of their true nature in the event that they hope to outlive.
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