A young woman staggers through the woods. Something is happening deep inside and as she’s thrown to her knees in agony, the world around her stops. When she comes to, she is astonished at the sight of her shadow – it has wings.
Meanwhile when rumours of ‘fallen angels’ cause a frenzy across London, a surgeon desperate for fame and fortune will find himself in the grip of a dangerous obsession, and the women he seeks in the most terrible danger . . .
THE GIFTS is the astonishing debut adult novel from the lauded author of BEARMOUTH. A gripping and ambitious book told through several female voices and set against the luminous backdrop of nineteenth century London, it explores science, nature and religion, enlightenment, the knife-edge roles of women in society and the dark danger of ambition.
This isn’t my normal everyday read and I was drawn to The Gifts by the cover and the mention of fallen angel in the blurb. Flicking through the book has you do. I saw the most beautiful illustrations and knew I just had to buy it!
The book itself is absolutely gorgeous and the story is captivating. Set in 1840 we follow a story that alternatives between five different womens POV with short and beautiful written chapters.
I love that this book mentions places that I know in Shropshire. The author sets the scene for an enchanting, unique story that’s full of mystery.
If your looking for something different that takes you back in time this is the book for you.
Thank you to Rachel for the having me on this epic tour.
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Author Bio –
Liz Hyder has been making up stories for as long she can remember. She has a BA
in drama from the University of Bristol and, in early 2018, won the Bridge Award/Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award. Bearmouth, her debut young adult novel, won a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award and was chosen as the Children’s Book of the Year by The
Times. Originally from London, she now lives in South Shropshire. The Gifts is her debut adult novel.
Social Media Links – Twitter: @LondonBessie (https://twitter.com/LondonBessie ) Website: https://www.lizhyder.co.uk/