The Hum and the Shiver

The Hum and the Shiver

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No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. Bronwyn Hyatt, a pure-blood Tufa, has always insisted on doing things her way. She leaves Cloud County to enlist in the Army, but after barely surviving a devastating ambush, she returns home where cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless "haint" lurks nearby. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity. Now her greatest battle is at home, where her obligations struggle with her need for freedom, and where the wrong choice could be deadly for all the Tufa.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 104 x 170 x 22mm | 200g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765365901
  • 9780765365903
  • 74,897

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Praise for "The Hum and the Shiver" "Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute."-"Seattle Post-Intelligencer -Imagine a book somewhere between American Gods and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time.- --Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author-As raw and bewitching as the music and magic that fuel it. I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to well played.- --Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of Two Weeks' Notice-Haunting . . . A rustic version of 'urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade.- --Wall Street Journal-With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told.- --Library Journal, starred review-This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight.- --Kirkus Reviews, starred review-Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute.- --Seattle Post-Intelligencer-Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building.- --Publishers Weekly "Imagine a book somewhere between American Gods and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time." --Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author"As raw and bewitching as the music and magic that fuel it. I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to well played." --Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of Two Weeks' Notice"Haunting . . . A rustic version of 'urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade." --Wall Street Journal"With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told." --Library Journal, starred review"This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer"Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building." --Publishers Weekly Imagine a book somewhere between American Gods and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time. Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author As raw and bewitching as the music and magic that fuel it. I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to well played. Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of Two Weeks' Notice Haunting . . . A rustic version of urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade. Wall Street Journal With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told. Library Journal, starred review This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight. Kirkus Reviews, starred review Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute. Seattle Post-Intelligencer Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building. Publishers Weekly" Imagine a book somewhere between "American Gods" and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time. "Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author" As raw and bewitching as the music and magic that fuel it. I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to "well played." "Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of Two Weeks' Notice" Haunting . . . A rustic version of urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade. "Wall Street Journal" With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told. "Library Journal, starred review" This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review" Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute. "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building. "Publishers Weekly"" Praise for "The Hum and the Shiver" "Imagine a book somewhere between "American Gods" and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time."--Patrick Rothfuss, "New York Times" bestselling author "As raw and bewitching as the music and magic that fuel it. I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to "well played.""--Rachel Caine, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Two Weeks' Notice" "Haunting . . . A rustic version of 'urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade."--"Wall Street Journal ""With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told."--"Library Journal," ""starred review"This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight."--"Kirkus Reviews, " starred review"Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute."-"Seattle Post-Intelligencer ""Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building."--"Publishers Weekly" Praise for "The Hum and the Shiver""Imagine a book somewhere between "American Gods" and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time."--Patrick Rothfuss, "New York Times" bestselling author"As raw and bewitching as the music and magic that fuel it. I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to "well played"."--Rachel Caine, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Two Weeks' Notice""Haunting . . . A rustic version of 'urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade."--"Wall Street Journal""With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told."--"Library Journal", ""starred review"This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight."--"Kirkus Reviews, " starred review"Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute."-"Seattle Post-Intelligencer""Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building."--"Publishers Weekly" Praise for "The Hum and the Shiver""Haunting . . . A rustic version of 'urban fantasy, ' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town facade."--"Wall Street Journal""With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told."--"Library Journal", ""starred review"This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everyone compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight."--"Kirkus Reviews, " starred review"Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today. There are secrets ancient and wild waiting for you to discover, and I enjoyed every minute."-"Seattle Post-Intelligencer""Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head. . . . The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building."--"Publishers Weekly" "This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the page. A sheer delight."--"Kirkus Reviews (starred review)" on "The Hum and the Shiver""With a deep love for the mountains embedded in his language, the author crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. . . . Elegantly told, this series opener calls to mind the Silver John tales of the late Manly Wade Wellman and should attract a wide readership beyond genre fans."--"Library Journal (starred review) "on "The Hum and the Shiver" "A compelling story with fascinating characters--who are so witty and whose attitude is so wry that I laughed "and" cared."--Orson Scott Card, author of "Ender's Game, " on "The Sword-Edged Blonde""From start to finish, it's a treat for readers of either genre, and easily one of the better books I've had the pleasure of reading this year. Don't miss this one."--Charles de Lint, author of "Mystery of Grace, " on "The Sword-Edged Blonde""Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Burn Me Deadly"
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About Alex Bledsoe

ALEX BLEDSOE is the critically-acclaimed author of the Tufa novels The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing, Long Black Curl, Chapel of Ease, and Gather Her Round as well as the Eddie LaCrosse series: The Sword-Edged Blonde, Dark Jenny, Burn Me Deadly, and He Drank, and Saw the Spider.
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3,033 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 25% (771)
4 41% (1,244)
3 25% (764)
2 6% (194)
1 2% (60)
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