In the Heart of Hidden Things
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In the Heart of Hidden Things

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Everyone knows that if you fall afoul of the People, you must travel the miles to Gyrford, where uncounted generations of fairy-smiths have protected the county with cold iron, good counsel and unvarnished opinions about your common sense.

But shielding the weak from the strong can make enemies. Ephraim Brady has money and power, and the bitter will to hurt those who cross him. And if he can't touch elder farrier Jedediah Smith, he can harm those the Smiths care about.

The Smiths care about Tobias Ware, born on a night when the blazing fey dog Black Hal roared past the Wares' gate. Tobias doesn't understand the language or laws of men, and he can't keep away from the Bellame woods, where trespass is a hanging offence. If Toby is to survive, he needs protection.

It should be a manageable job. Jedediah Smith has a head on his shoulders, and so too (mostly) does his son Matthew. Only Matthew's son John has turned out a little . . . uncommon. But he means well.

It wasn't his fault the bramble bush put on a berry-head and started taking offence. Or that Tobias upset it. But John's not yet learned that if you follow the things other folk don't see, they might drag those you love into the path of ruin.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 42mm | 640g
  • Jo Fletcher Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529414873
  • 9781529414875
  • 59,558

Review Text

One of 2022's more enjoyable discoveries . . . Whitfield studs the tale with artful digressions, which provide useful backstory without really interrupting the story. The prose is skilful and appropriate to a fairy tale
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An impressive debut * TANANARIVE DUE, author of AFRICAN IMMORTALS, on BAREBACK * Resonates with real issues of power, responsibility and blame * LISA TUTTLE, THE TIMES on BAREBACK * A powerfully intelligent novel * INDEPENDENT on IN GREAT WATERS * Whitfield shows undoubted powers of imagination and talent * DAILY MAIL on IN GREAT WATERS. * Whitfield is a criminally under-appreciated world-building master * EVERY BOOK A DOORWAY * Takes a traditional genre and changes it into something extraordinary * KATE ATKINSON on BAREBACK * It's warm, witty, compassionate, filled with People, with a village and woods in which it's sweet to get lost. Fellow Good Folk aficionados, I know you're out there, I know you should get this book the minute it's out * FRANCESCO DIMITRI, award-winning author of The Book of Hidden Things, on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * Engaging, believable characters who draw us into a world of walking bramble bushes and spectral, fire-breathing hounds . . . stands out for its depiction of a family deeply connected to a community, helping those who need it the most, regardless of the danger to themselves * THE GUARDIAN on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * A beautiful exploration of masculinity, of what it means to . . . potentially have control over others, and how a person accepts responsibility * SFX on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * As tart, dark and juicy as a summer pudding . . . combines power and poetry to serve up the perfect slice of folk Gothic * DAILY MAIL on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * Power struggles, violence, mistakes and responsibility are threaded throughout the story. John is a strong, nuanced protagonist whose sound heart gives this book its warmth, even when things start to go wrong. Whitfield's world-building is detailed, the magic of this story is enticing and I found plenty to enjoy in this book. * BETH O'BRIEN, DISABLED TALES, on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * I really loved In The Heart of Hidden Things * TERRI WINDLING, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * As powerfully intelligent as it is entertaining, Whitfield's marvellously assured fantasy debut leads the reader into a mysterious world of fairy-smiths, weaving a gripping tale of trespass, revenge and responsibility * WATERSTONES on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * A very engaging novel * SFCROWSNEST on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THINGS * One of 2022's more enjoyable discoveries . . . Whitfield studs the tale with artful digressions, which provide useful backstory without really interrupting the story. The prose is skilful and appropriate to a fairy tale * ISN'T LIFE STRANGE on IN THE HEART OF HIDDEN THNGS *
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About Kit Whitfield

Kit Whitfield was born in West London and brought up in Wiltshire and London, where she now lives with her husband and son in a neurodiverse family. She is the author of Bareback (published in the US as Benighted), which was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award, and In Great Waters, which was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Her fantasy duology In the Heart of Hidden Things and the sequel , All the Hollow of the Sky, are to be published by Jo Fletcher Books. You will find her on Twitter @KitWhitfield.
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