|Submitted by Jen |
(Apr 13, 2009)
I read this book after the riftwar saga and I was simply blown away. It is my absolute favorite of all of Feist's works, and I believe that it is his best. He develops the characters extremely well, and he creates such a strong community that it makes the story believable. The basis is that a family, a father, a mother, two twin nine-year-old sons, and a college-aged daughter from the father's first marriage, move from California to upstate New York. They begin the process of joining the community there, the boys make new friends before school begins, they explore their new, relatively rural, property. However, there are things on this farm that are not quite . . . normal. The twins are the most sensitive to it since they are children, but they instinctively know that when they walk across "troll bridge", they can't run, or look back. Strange things start happening, interspersed with the realities of the family's lives. Ultimately, Feist brings it to a very well-developed climax, and there are parts that are horrifically frightening, both in their evolution, and in their nature. It is a story about the "other" in what feels like such a safe and normal place. That "other" is both exciting and terrifying, and it is chilling when the characters interact with things that they know to be "wrong", especially when those interactions are paired with such genuinely human emotions as the characters express in this book.
Feist draws from a lot of actual mythology, and he incorporates the folklore admirably into a compelling, complex, and well-articulated plot. This book is actually tied with Pratchett and Gaimen's Good Omens as my favorite book of all time.