- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Apex Book Company (June 18 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781937009403
- ISBN-13: 978-1937009403
- ASIN: 1937009408
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,085,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Kraken Sea Paperback – Jun 18 2016
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About the Author
E. Catherine Tobler has never run away to join the circus — but she thinks about doing so every day. Among others, her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and on the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award ballot. Her first novel, Rings of Anubis, launched the Folley & Mallory Adventures. Senior editor of Shimmer Magazine, you can find her online at www.ecatherine.com and @ecthetwit.
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Early on in the book, there’s a moment when we find out what Jackson actually is, and it’s an amazing scene: satisfying and exciting, because he finally allows himself to be what he is, and also terrifying because of what he is capable of in his true form.
From that point on, the story burrows deeper and deeper into Tobler’s dark and mysterious fictional world: a world that feels so vast and ancient and deep that it gives me a sense of vertigo. There’s a satisfying and titillating richness to the mythology and the backstories of the characters, but it never overpowers the tale of Jackson himself. Rather, the world reveals itself stealthily through the telling of Jackson’s story. Magic permeates every facet of life in this world, and it’s the kind of magic that is not usually learned from scrolls or books, but rather part of who you are, bound to flesh and bone.
One of the things I really love about ‘The Kraken Sea’ is that characters and places are not always who or what they seem to be at first glance: they shift and change, just like Jackson himself does. Even time and space itself is not always what it appears to be on the surface. This makes the book a haunting and gripping ride through a strange and changeable world: a world where gargoyles might eat children, where lion statues might come to life, and where very strange things lurk behind the door in a bakery’s basement.
I've known about Tobler since "She Will Be Raised a Queen" and it stuck with me for days and aching for more. She is an author I will look for in future book hunts.