When the witch Baba Yaga walks her house into the backyard, eleven-year-old Summer enters into a bargain for her heart’s desire. Her search will take her to the strange, surreal world of Orcus, where birds talk, women change their shape, and frogs sometimes grow on trees. But underneath the whimsy of Orcus lies a persistent darkness, and Summer finds herself hunted by the monstrous Houndbreaker, who serves the distant, mysterious Queen-in-Chains…
“It’s Wes Craven meets L. Frank Baum, or Narnia for those of us who thought Narnia smiled without showing enough of its teeth.” ~KB Spangler, Digital Divide
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Another great T. Kingfisher story, just the piece of escape fiction I needed. Lines and questions stay in my mind after reading. This story will go on my "Comfort Reading" shelf!
'Summer in Orcus' is a fairy tale, which means there are wondrous companions and marvels to behold, and where victory can be had by those whose hearts remain brave and true. It's also a story that knows that your heart can be brave and true and bone-tired at the same time, and that there comes a point where you would trade all the marvels of the world for the familiarity of your own bed and for the troubles you left behind. I'd highly recommend this for anyone who wants to set down their own troubles for a while.