... [a] near-perfect version of an established theme and subject, which is ... =Right Angles to Fairyland=. It's in the C. S. Lewis/Susan Cooper/Lloyd Alexander/Joy Chant territory: not new, but surprisingly hard to do well, and she does it very well indeed. The surface of the words almost exactly matches the surface of the story. She conjures the kind of full-sunlight close-up real-world magic that can only be made out of precise, concretely imagined language. I truly laughed out loud, twice, on page nine; and that shimmery transformation on page eighteen raised goosebumps on me.
I won the RMFW contest for SF/F. Above are the comments from Teresa Neilsen Hayden, who judged the entry and with whom I had a meeting in NYC on Tuesday to discuss the book... and everything else under the sun. :)
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