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In this beautifully written debut, Ain't It Cool News Web site contributor Cargill chronicles the friendship and adventures of Ewan, stolen as a baby by the fairy-goblin crossbreeds called Bendith Y Mamau, and Colby, an eight-year-old who encounters a djinn, with an unhurried storyteller style that provides total immersion. The two boys travel from the faerie lands known as the Limestone Kingdom, a realm filled with creatures of myth-Coyote, changelings, the Wild Hunt, and more-to Austin, Tex., where they must learn to navigate the often treacherous path to adulthood. Legends and faerie lore are given a dark urban twist with a raw, honest, sometimes violent edge. The universe is richly detailed, and issues of destiny and sacrifice give the story depth. Readers with delicate sensibilities should leave this one for those who enjoy a roller-coaster ride into the depths of strangeness and despair. Agent: Peter McGuigan, Foundry Literary + Media. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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This debut novel is a work of contemporary literary fantasy that will inevitably draw comparisons with Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Neverwhere, as it too depicts a fading magical world that is being overwhelmed by technology and disbelief. Cargill's protagonists are two boys who are unwittingly touched by their experiences in the Limestone Kingdom: a kidnapped child intended as a sacrificial victim, and a boy taken up on wish-fulfillment journey by a cursed djinn, who decides to save him. No matter what the cost. All is set in motion by the great trickster Coyote. But little boys grow up, and fairies come back to reclaim their own. VERDICT Cargill, a screenwriter (his forthcoming Sinister stars Ethan Hawke) and film critic for the website Ain't It Cool News, takes a significant number of pages to set up his story and get all his players on the board, but once the action finally gets going, it's hard to put down the book. This is definitely going to attract readers of contemporary fantasy, particular those who enjoy Neil Gaiman's adult books or Lev Grossman's The Magicians, which also has that same sense of magic being in the world and wizards knowing much too much. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/12.]-Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, LLC., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Imagine there are two worlds, the natural world and that of the supernatural. Further, imagine they are separated by a gossamer veil. Lastly, imagine two boys, Ewan and Colby, from the natural world who find themselves in the supernatural, and you have the premise of this epic fantasy. Shortly after the two boys meet, however, they are returned to the natural world where they grow up, Ewan to become a musician and Colby to become a bookstore clerk and something more: a wizard! In due course, the supernatural and natural worlds will mesh with, well, catastrophic results. Cargill's first novel is replete with a bewildering variety of fairies and a sometimes bewildering amount of philosophizing that occasionally retards the action of an otherwise dynamic story. However, Ewan and Colby are both likable characters who invite the reader's empathy, and the setting of the supernatural world is richly imagined. All in all, an auspicious debut, the closing pages of which seem to promise, duh, a sequel.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist