4 of 5 stars
Taps into current trends for vintage clothes and also social phenomena such as BNP and paranoia about Arabs or people from Middle Eastern countries – whichever country it is.
An interesting concept in the book was the use of charms through words that could influence the wearer of the clothes – to good effect – to make them more confident or happy or… sometimes a physical object might be sewn into a seam somewhere also to enhance the effect. Homespun magic in effect.
The story was gently told but many social ills are introduced such as alcohol dependence, drugs, sexual abuse of minors and so on, and dealt with in a manner that illustrates clearly their effects on lives.
The folk story of the silkie I have heard before set in Scotland though – the Orkneys and Shetland Islands are the setting usually – in fact, looking on wikipedia, there is a stamp from the Faroe Islands depicting a selkie as they named her. So where the story really originates it is difficult to say, but clearly somewhere where there are a lot seals around…
The author is actually based in York, where this story is set, and her Goodreads site says Book 2 – Dreams – of the trilogy is now available.
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