SPLINTERS OF SCARLET by Emily Bain Murphy is a well-crafted mystery-fantasy set during 19th century Denmark. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS.
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I obtained an ARC copy from HMH Books For Young Readers. Here is the summary and the shortened review:
A YA historical fantasy set in nineteenth-century Denmark, where secrets can kill and magic is a deadly gift.
For Marit Olsen, magic is all about strategy: it flows freely through her blood, but every use leaves behind a deadly, ice-like build-up within her veins called the Firn. Marit knows how dangerous it is to let too much Firn build up—after all, it killed her sister—and she has vowed never to use her thread magic. But when Eve, a fellow orphan whom Marit views like a little sister, is adopted by the wealthy Helene Vestergaard, Marit will do anything to stay by Eve’s side. She decides to risk the Firn and uses magic to secure a job as a seamstress in the Vestergaard household.
But Marit has a second, hidden agenda: her father died while working in the Vestergaards’ jewel mines—and it might not have been an accident. The closer Marit gets to the truth about the Vestergaard family, the more she realizes she and everyone she’s come to love are in danger. When she finds herself in the middle of a treacherous deception that goes all the way up to the king of Denmark, magic may be the only thing that can save her—if it doesn’t kill her first.
Why I was interested: I love both Downton Abbey and ENCHANTÉE, its comp titles, so I knew I was going to enjoy this story. Historical fantasy is my absolute favorite genre and I’m glad to see one set in Denmark, the land of Hans Christian Anderson and his fairy tales.
Side note: I obtained this ARC from HMH Books For Young Readers – thank you!
Judge a book by it’s cover: The hand-crafted details are lovely and it’s great that the red and blue (for blood and the Firn) are combined for a great cover.
What to expect: Found families, creative magic, a multi-leveled mystery, rich storytelling, and being thrust into 19th century Denmark.
Why you should pick this book up: If you love the Downstairs side of Downton Abbey, fairytales that just might turn real, and unique worldbuilding and magic – pick this up immediately.
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