By Jo Walton
Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for most sensible Novel
Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for top Novel
Startling, strange, and but irresistably readable, Among Others is straight away the compelling tale of a tender girl suffering to flee a afflicted early life, a super diary of first encounters with the nice novels of contemporary fable and SF, and a spellbinding story of get away from old enchantment.
Raised by way of a half-mad mom who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps chanced on shelter in worlds. As a baby turning out to be up in Wales, she performed one of the spirits who made their houses in business ruins. yet her brain stumbled on freedom and promise within the technological know-how fiction novels that have been her closest partners. Then her mom attempted to bend the spirits to darkish ends, and Mori used to be pressured to confront her in a mystical conflict that left her crippled--and her dual sister lifeless.
Fleeing to her father whom she slightly knew, Mori was once despatched to boarding college in England–a position all yet with out real magic. There, outcast and on my own, she tempted destiny by means of doing magic herself, in an try to discover a circle of like-minded acquaintances. yet her magic additionally drew the eye of her mom, bringing a few reckoning that may now not be positioned off…
Combining parts of autobiography with flights of mind's eye within the demeanour of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The fort of Solitude, this can be in all probability a breakout booklet for an writer whose genius has already been hailed by way of friends like Kelly hyperlink, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula ok. Le Guin.
One of School Library Journal’s top grownup Books four young people titles of 2011 one in every of io9's most sensible technological know-how Fiction & myth books of the 12 months 2011
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Among Others by Jo Walton