Young adult fantasy. Corinna is a folk keeper, someone who lives in the cellar and keeps evil spirits from escaping from below and entering the castle and world above. Disguised as a boy named Corin, she learns her craft and becomes very good and soothing the Folk, but one day she is offered a new job at Cliffsend by a dying man and dark secrets start to come to light..
Despite how dark Corrinna's job seems, this story is much more lyrical fantasy than horror. I found this story satisfying.
This is a neat children's book, and very different than I was expecting. It's a little bit dark with great atmosphere, and the heroine is no complacent Sally Sunshine. She's tough, self-reliant, angry, untrusting.... This book isn't very long, but it packs a lot into the space it uses. There aren't any slow spots, and there are some great twists in the plot! Good story!