The Brides of Rollrock Island

The Brides of Rollrock Island

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Rollrock is an isolated, windswept island; a wild and salty landscape where fishermen and their families must wring a living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of eerie magic, and of powerful desire. Down on the beach, the outcast witch of Rollrock casts her spells, and draws mysterious girls from the sea. These are girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting innocence - the most enchantingly beautiful creatures the fishermen of Rollrock have ever seen. The island is envied, and many a man is lured to Rollrock with the promise of a sea wife. But the arrival of these women is the ruin of countless families - and to the despair of the men of Rollrock, magic always has its price. The brides do not belong on land. One day, the sea will claim them back.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 320 pages
  • Cornerstone
  • RHCP UK Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1446478440
  • 9781446478448

About Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan's novels and short story collections have excited readers the world over, and won many prizes, including four World Fantasy Awards - for 'Singing My Sister Down' (Best Short Fiction, 2005), Black Juice (Best Collection, 2005), Tender Morsels (Best Novel, 2009), and Sea-Hearts (Best Novella, 2010). She lives in Sydney, Australia.show more

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"Outstanding . . . Margo Lanagan is a writer whose violently sexy reworkings of Grimm have previously been more for teenagers, but her new book stays within the allusive fairy tale tropes and will enthrall readers of 11+. Nothing is predictable in this astonishing novel, which expands on classic tales about selkie brides with unsettling imaginative thoroughness" -- Amanda Craig * The Times * "Lanagan's prose is always a joy . . . she shows writing of the highest order: subtle, powerful, poetic" -- Marcus Sedgwick * Guardian * "Margo Lanagan's writing is dangerously beautiful; it knows how to dance, and it knows how to fight" -- Mal Peet "Powerful, beautiful, dangerous, unsettling, truthful, earthy, challenging, poetic, wonderful, absorbing. I can't recommend it highly enough. Margo Lanagan has a unique, uncompromising and lyrical voice and she brings it to the folk myth of selkies in a soaring journey of passion and pain . . . Read this selkie novel. It's heartstoppingly gorgeous. And you won't find anyone else with a voice like Margo's. Five stars" * The Bookbag * "Atmospheric, moving and rich in detail." * Fluttering Butterflies *show more

Back cover copy

The sea witch can conjure girls out of the sea. Spell-binding, beautiful girls. But what price must be paid for such magic?show more

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Rollrock is a lonely island of cliffs and storms, blunt fishermen and their fierce wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of magic - the scary, salty-real sort of magic that changes lives forever. Down on the windswept beach, where the seals lie in their herd, the outcast sea witch Misskaella casts her spells, and brings forth girls from the sea - girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting loveliness. But magic always has its price. A fisherman may have and hold a sea bride, and tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into her lovely eyes, he will be just as transformed as she is. He will be equally ensnared. And in the end the witch will always have her payment.show more

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