When a story gives you a main character you want to invest in, you will think higher of it than a story where you are emotionally checked out because the character is so unlikeable. Thankfully, we are treated to a tale that nudges you onward from a simple event at a pub into a world where folklore is more real than first thought. Our female protagonist develops from a typical heroine needing to be rescued into a woman finding her inner strength.
What made this story exceptionally fun for me was being introduced to the character of Thomas the Rhymer. He is blessed with the gift of prophecy after having visited the Queen of Elfland. This being a dark tale, things are changed to fit the mood. We don’t know all of Rhymer’s motives out the gate and this fits the character. I was reminded of C. Robert Cargill’s novel Dreams And Shadows because of how folklore was blended with a modern setting. Like the book I just mentioned, the technique works here because of the story being told. You don’t have to know anything about the mythos to enjoy the adventure. I came away with wanting to read more about the past, the present, and the future.