Saturday, May 21, 2016
Under These Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan
A lovely mix of well-researched historical fiction, fantasy and romance make this novel a delightful read. Will, a hunchback who is being given to the king to be his fool, finds Emma, a selkie, in her female form on the beach. He falls in love with her and takes her pelt and she becomes his loving wife. Selkies are creatures of love and their relationship is beautiful. Will becomes a fool for King Henry VIII and Emma is a fool for Anne Boleyn. As their fools, they are confidants and as close as family and part of the royal court and all of it's intrigue. I found the facts about the time period and the monarchy fascinating and learned some things that I did not know about that time period. I love the magical elements as well. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.