Engaging, modern fables with a feminist tang
A thoroughly original package that had a hint of Angela Carter
Sharp writing and cleverly done
Relevant and intriguing
It's easy to get lost in the stories from diverse voices
Simply and beautifully executed
Leaves the reader yearning to believe in the redemptive power of magic
Vivid, perceptive. At the heart of each mystical story is a woman, who, often on the cusp of a new beginning, remains haunted by traumas from her past.
Hag swarms with mermaids, boggarts and shape-shifters but it also explores the hopes and visceral dreads from which those creatures emerged in the human imagination. Daisy Johnson's wittily disquieting take on The Green Children of Woolpit is a masterclass.