Author: Hope Mirlees
Length or # of pages: 239
Quick plot summary: "Lud-in-the-Mist, the capital city of the small country of Dorimare, is a port at the confluence of two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl. The Dapple has it's origin beyond the Debatable Hills to the west of Lid-in-theMist, in Fairyland...." Years past the good middle class folks of Lud-in-the-Mist expelled Duke Aubrey and made the consumption of fairy fruit a crime so grievous that it may not be uttered, those accused of smuggling fairy fruit are charged with smuggling silk. Now the town mayor's son, Ranulph, is believed to have eaten fairy fruit. Can he be saved from it's effects? Has the town been infiltrated? Can the townspeople set aside their differences of will they lose their lives and the lives of their children?
What makes this book worth reading: It transports you. It's well written. It's funny at times and tragic at others. Fragments of it stay in my head like a melody you can remember but cannot hum out loud.
What could the author have done differently to make it better: I wish she'd written a sequel.
Would you recommend it? Absolutely.