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The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston
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Mar 09, 2021 | ISBN 9780857668905

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“Captivating, provocative and poignant – not to be missed.”
– David Wragg, author of The Black Hawks

“This is well worth your time!”
–  Gavin G Smith,
author of The Bastard Legion series  

“Houston projects her background of Polish mythologies and dark fairy tales onto this fanciful debut. Redemption, sacrifice, and generosity underpin this story about mother-and-daughter relationships. Fans of mythical yarns and medieval fantasies will enjoy this easy-to-read fable.”
–  Library Journal

“Houston is able to mark the significance of daily events, highlight her characters, and comment on humanity’s capacity for othering. This intimate fantasy offers a heartfelt reflection on what it means to be human that is sure to please.”
– Publishers Weekly

“A claustrophobic but very human tale of bad decisions rather than (totally) bad people, with conflict and magic alike grounded in the rhythms of daily life and the landscape around it.”
– SFX Magazine

“A classic coming-of-age novel with a supernatural twist, appealing to readers across different genres, with a conclusion that addresses issues of racism and society within our own society… A masterful tale.”
– Booklist

“A very personal story you won’t be able to stop thinking about long after the tale is told.”
– Dan Hanks, author of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire

“enchanting fairy tale with real-world themes.”
– Ginger Smith, author of The Rush’s Edge

“a coming-of-age tale set in a lavishly detailed backdrop drawn from the writer’s native Slavic mythology”
– Tracy Fahey
author of The Girl in the Fort and New Music For Old Rituals 

“Prose that scintillates, characters that captivate, and a world that is at once enchanting in its magic, horrifying in its realism, and vice-versa. Houston has gifted us with a folktale that is both mythically resonant and all too human.”
– Tyler Hayes
author of The Imaginary Corpse

“A fresh and provocative spin on the Slavic Stiga mythology, The Second Bell is a smart and complex journey into the meaning of family, community, nature and possibility. A gripping read and full of heart.”
– Soniah Kamal, award-winning author of Unmarriageable

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