By Cherie Priest
“I can’t fathom them, and neither can you.”
The ageless water witch Arahab has been scheming for eons, collecting the capability to evoke the nice Leviathan. She goals to convey him and the previous gods again to their former glory, worrying little that their ascendance also will suggest an finish to the human race. notwithstanding, awakening the Leviathan is not any small feat. actually, Arahab can’t whole the ritual with no human aid.
Arahab’s first selection is José Gaspar, a infamous sea pirate from eighteenth-century Spain. but if the duty proves too tricky for Gaspar, she needs to glance in other places, biding her time till the 1930’s, whilst the correct candidate exhibits up: a touch deranged teen named Bernice.
Bernice is sophisticated, torn from manhattan and compelled to spend a depressing summer time on Anna Maria Island, a tiny rock off the coast of Florida. She’s additionally been saddled with the companionship of her farm-raised cousin Nia. ultimately, Bernice’s disenchantment supplies technique to rage, which in flip leads her to devote a dangerous crime. while Nia won’t conceal for Bernice’s activities, she activates Nia, chasing her into the lethal coastal waves.
But the timing is correct and the elementals have greater principles: the instant the women pass lower than, Bernice is commandeered for Arahab’s activity strength, and Nia is changed into an odd and robust new creature through a servant of the earth who doesn’t are looking to hand over his eco-friendly fields and muddy plains—not yet, a minimum of. upload in a hapless hearth inspector who’s simply attempting to get his bureaucracy so as, a fireplace god whose neutrality has been referred to as into query, and a extraordinary non secular cult, and rural Florida doesn’t appear really so sleepy anymore.
Cherie Priest, who stormed onto the scene with the beautiful Southern Gothic trio that started with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, now brings a similar masterful writing and unforgettable characterization to the area of near-contemporary rural delusion. the outcome, Fathom, is fast moving, lovely, and particularly not like something you’ve ever read.