I was gifted a copy of this book by the publisher. This is no way affects my review.
Lud-in-the-Mist has been on my TBR for far too long but I packed it for my trip to Wales and thoroughly enjoyed. I’m not going to admit how long it waited for me (that’s too embarrassing) but I will say it was worth the wait .
This book is a fantasy, set in a fictional world that sits between the human world and that of the fairies. For many, this is a classic of the genre and I can see why. It has fantastic world building, interesting characters and a well placed hint of magic. I can see the influence it has had on later fantasy books!
What I found most interesting , however, was the mystery element of this novel. It is central to this fantasy as Nathaniel Chanticleer struggles to keep his children safe in an unsteady world. He is left to piece together the parts of a decades old story if he is to protect what is important to him. Watching him start to sort through the pieces was one of my favourite parts of Lud-in-the-Mist, which was only enhanced by the fantasy elements. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this and how engrossed I was in Nathaniel’s quests for answers.
This isn’t as fast-paced as other fantasy books that I have read but the author manages to weave a captivating, quaint spell that is equally effective. There is certainly something magical about the writing that is really enjoyable.
I can see why it has been popular for so long! I’m just not sure why it took me so long to get swept up into it. Either way, I enjoyed this book and I am glad that I finally picked it up!