Engrossing fantasy in a realistic present day setting.
This is a new side of Lindskold from her 'Firekeeper' books. Imaginative, with a lively flavor of the American Southwest.
Middle-aged Mira Fenn knows she has an uncomfortably exotic past. As a small girl, she lived in an ornate old house in tiny Las Vegas, New Mexico, tended by oddly silent servant women and ruled by her coldly flamboyant mother, Collette. When Mira was nine, Colette went on one of her unexplained trips . . . and never returned.
Raised to adulthood by foster parents in Ohio, Mira learned years later that she still owned the New Mexico house. Now she's discovered documents that pique her curiosity about her vanished mother and the reasons behind her strange childhood and adoption.
Traveling back to New Mexico, she finds that the house is and isn't as she remembers it. Inside, it's much the same. Outside, it's been painted in innumerable colors. As Mira continues to investigate her mother's life, events take stranger and stranger turns. The silent women reappear. Even as Mira begins to suspect the power to which she may be heir, the house itself appears to be waking up.
Great book. Characters come alive on paper. This book keeps you reading until the end.
This is one of the best books I've read in some time. Jane Lindskold is a marvelous writer, and I could hardly put the book down.
The plot was a little odd, but I just really enjoyed this book while I was reading it.
Another good read by Jane Lindskold. I like some of her novels, like Changer, better, but still thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a great fantasy connecting a woman to her past, to her mother, and to a great house. Jane Lindskold paints a very clear and fantastical picture of the location of this novel and the house at its center. Throw in a little love story, some magic and you have everything you need for a good quick read.