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Eleanor Arnason-  Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies

Like Kelly Link, Arnason twists traditional narratives into striking new forms. ... [Hidden Folk] is a terrific collection that will appeal to readers of contemporary Nordic fiction as well as to Arnason's many longtime fans. --The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

The five stories in Hidden Folk offer both grit and wit in their treatments of ... the elves, trolls, and other supernatural entities of Icelandic myth. ... There are plenty of voices worth listening to in s.f. and fantasy, but few as distinctive and persuasive as Eleanor Arnason's. --Locus Magazine

Eleanor Arnason is wise, and everyone who reads Hidden Folk will become the wiser for it. They'll have too much fun to notice, though.
--Will Alexander, winner of the National Book Award for Goblin Dreams

These Icelandic tales are not to be trusted, filled as they are with elves and trolls, but every word of them is true. This is Arnason's gift, placing right words in right order. It is of such tender care that magic is made.
--Terry Bisson, author of Any Day Now and Bears Discover Fire

The stories in Hidden Folk have the deep power of folktales crafted by an expert storyteller. I start reading and I lose myself as I travel through wonderfully strange places in the company of poets and ghosts, were-creatures and trolls. Fantastic tales woven of magic and dreams from the Norse tradition what could be better?
--Pat Murphy, Nebula Award winning author of The Falling Woman

We treasure diamonds, and if we know what's what, we also treasure Eleanor Arnason's gleaming, gemlike stories. These repurposed thousand-year-old myths and tales of railroad-running dark elves are strange yet homey, grim yet gorgeous. Hidden Folk may be a slender volume, but as a collection of waking dreams, it's immensely deep.
--Nisi Shawl, Tiptree Award winning author of Filter House --Advance praise for Hidden Folk

About the Author

Eleanor Arnason is the author of six novels and almost fifty works of shorter fiction. Her novel Ring of Swords, acclaimed by the New York Review of Science Fiction as one of the best s.f. novels of the 1990s, won a Minnesota Book Award. Her novel A Woman of the Iron People won the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Society Awards. Other works have been shortlisted for both the Nebula and the Hugo. She has been called "the acknowledged heir to the feminist legacy of Joanna Russ and Ursula Le Guin," and Andrea Hairston has called her "a treasure." Ms. Arnason lives in the Twin Cities Metro Area. 

 

Kelly Barnhill: The Witch's Boy

“A lightning bolt erupted from the cloud and aimed directly at Ned’s heart. He couldn’t cry out. He couldn’t even move. He could just feel the magic sink into his skin and spread itself over every inch of him, bubbling and slithering and cutting deep, until he didn’t know where the magic stopped and he began.”

When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging, bewitched river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Sure enough, Ned grows up weak and slow, and stays as much as possible within the safe boundaries of his family’s cottage and yard. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic that Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it’s Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.

In the meantime, in another kingdom across the forest that borders Ned’s village lives Áine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King. She is haunted by her mother’s last words to her: “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.” But when Áine and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to make their way through the treacherous woods and stop the war about to boil over?

With a deft hand, acclaimed author Kelly Barnhill takes classic fairy tale elements–speaking stones, a friendly wolf, and a spoiled young king–and weaves them into a richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship.

Kelly Barnhill writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four-starred reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Her most recent novel is The Witch's Boy. 
Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

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