By: Margo Lanagan
Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Page Count: 305
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Selkies are fascinating creatures that should have more stories written about them. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not only a well written Selkie driven story, but that it was more literary than I typically expect in the land of young adult novels.
The novel's structure is one of the things that makes it so appealing. It's more like a series of short stories that ties together to tell the larger story of the inhabitants of Rollrock Island. My favorite segment was the one that detailed the childhood of Misskaella. This sweeping tale is one to be savored. I loved the magic and lore that swirls throughout this one. I will say that because of the literary feel this one did have some slow moments. This is not the sort of novel that you can devour in one sitting.