Wednesday, 5 February 2020

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Sisters Grimm - Menna Van Praag

Release Date: 03/10/19
Publisher: Transworld Publishers

There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of sisters Grimm on Earth.
You may well be one of them, though you might never know it.
You think you’re ordinary.
You never suspect that you’re stronger than you seem, braver than you feel or greater than you imagine.

But I hope that by the time you finish this tale, you’ll start listening to the whispers that speak of unknown things, the signs that point in unseen directions and the nudges that suggest unimagined possibilities.

I hope too that you’ll discover your own magnificence, your own magic . . .

This is the story of four sisters Grimm – daughters born to different mothers on the same day, each born out of bright-white wishing and black-edged desire. They found each other at eight years-old, were separated at thirteen and now, at nearly eighteen, it is imperative that they find each other once again. 

In thirty-three days they will meet their father in Everwhere. Only then will they discover who they truly are, and what they can truly do. Then they must fight to save their lives and the lives of the ones they love. Three will live, one will die. You’ll have to read on to find out who and why… 

I love to try something a little different and this title certainly sold itself to me with the book blurb.  However whilst after reading it, it wasn't really my cup of tea, I did admire the way that the author brought the characters across to the reader, giving them foibles as well as strengths, grounded reality alongside their magical abilities.

It has solid prose, dialogue that will help them feel real and whilst for me I felt that the pace was lacking, it does show that the author will win themselves fans with this series.  All round a book that is one hell of a start to a writers career and whilst this one is a pass for me, I will read future outings to see what other wonderful worlds she has created.