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House of Roots and Ruin
(Sisters of the Salt #2)
Erin A. Craig
Pub Date: July 25th, 2023
Seeing as this indeed a sequel, we don't want to give any spoilers so below, we have the synopsis of Book 1!
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
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Those of you who know me, also know I'm terribly prone to jumping into series midway through.. and that's absolutely the case here too.
'House of Roots and Ruin' is book two in the Sisters of the Salt series by Erin A. Craig. I never got around to reading the first, 'House of Salt and Sorrows,' though everything about the synopsis called to me. After this though, I'm definitely making time to go back and read it soon.
It's funny. I get accustomed to the more casual style of modern writers and sometimes forget how much more moving a real wordsmith actually is. Craig is a truly gifted author and I'm so happy to have finally experienced her work.
This story is so full to bursting.. full of emotions.. hope.. pain.. beauty.. love.. and loss. It's an elegant Gothic tale that's at times whimsical and at others devastating. The prose is lyrical, but not overdone. Foreshadowing is subtle, like something in your peripheral vision.. that you might only notice if you're paying proper attention.
In a case of what might normally be 'not everything is as it seems,' this is more akin to 'nothing is as it seems.'
I absolutely love this story and the delicate manner every aspect is crafted. The characters are richly portrayed and multi-dimensional. They're so fleshed out that I feel as if I know them, rather than the mildly thin caricatures I often experience in other novels.
Craig does a beautiful job with the imagery, making the settings tangible. Managing all the while to help me really see everything without putting me to sleep through redundant, overly long descriptions.
If you're a fan of Gothic thrillers or Gothic fantasy like Ghost Wood Song or Mexican Gothic, you won't want to miss this one! I can't wait to dig into more of her work!