Down the Well
Discover a new world in this portal fantasy where magic is real, animals can talk, and humans are extinct in "one enchanting package." - Kirkus recommended review
Lore Deoradán wants to be happy when she grows up. But navigating her parents' mercurial moods, moving to a new town just two weeks before her high school graduation, and dealing with her beloved grandma's declining health all make that dream seemingly impossible. Will her new job be the first step toward happiness, or will it be yet another disappointment?
When she falls down a well into a magical world with talking animals that haven't seen a human for years, she must clear her name of the mayor's murder. Although, how anyone believes she killed a Herculean-sized alligator is beyond her. Now, her survival is tied to a mouse with a chip on her shoulder. There's also a cat who owns a pub where the animal patrons might be cannibals, a giant snake librarian who probably wants to eat her, and sentient lampposts who are never there when you need them.
Can Lore prove her innocence, help a newfound friend save the town from a dark and dangerous schemer, and find her way home?
"The author’s prose is whip-smart and laced with poetry, regularly returning to themes of precious gems and flowers. ... The novel excels at establishing settings; Charmsend is as bewitching as its name implies. ... While there’s plenty of action ..., the way the story captures grief, both in how Lore recalls her grandmother after her death and how Mathilde honors her father, is equally impactful. Magical mysteries, action and adventure, and ruminations on grief, all in one enchanting package." - (Featured) Kirkus Reviews
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