By Cherie Priest
“I can’t fathom them, and neither can you.”
The ageless water witch Arahab has been scheming for eons, amassing the ability to rouse 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. despite the fact that, awakening the Leviathan isn't any small feat. actually, Arahab can’t entire the ritual with out 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 different places, biding her time till the 1930’s, whilst the suitable candidate indicates up: a marginally deranged youngster 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. finally, Bernice’s disenchantment offers strategy to rage, which in flip leads her to dedicate a perilous crime. while Nia won’t hide for Bernice’s activities, she activates Nia, chasing her into the lethal coastal waves.
But the timing is correct and the elementals have larger principles: the instant the women move lower than, Bernice is commandeered for Arahab’s activity strength, and Nia is become an odd and robust new creature by way of a servant of the earth who doesn’t are looking to give up his eco-friendly fields and muddy plains—not yet, not less than. upload in a hapless hearth inspector who’s simply attempting to get his bureaucracy so as, a hearth god whose neutrality has been referred to as into query, and a strange non secular cult, and rural Florida doesn’t look relatively so sleepy anymore.
Cherie Priest, who stormed onto the scene with the lovely Southern Gothic trio that begun with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, now brings a similar masterful writing and unforgettable characterization to the world of near-contemporary rural myth. the end result, Fathom, is fast paced, attractive, and fairly not like something you’ve ever read.