The town of Lud is a prosperous, bustling little country port, situated at the confluence of two rivers: the Dawl and the Dapple.
The latter, which has its source in the land of Faerie beyond the Elfin Marches and the Debatable Hills, is a source of great trial to Lud, which had long rejected such fanciful nonsense as fairies, elves and the like. Then a perfect plague of faerie influences hits the town, penetrating even to Miss Primrose Crabapple's Establishment for Young Ladies, and it becomes apparent to even the stuffiest burgher that Steps Would Have To Be Taken.
Fortunately for everyone, Master Nathaniel Chanticleer, Mayor of Lud, is a man with his head firmly in the clouds ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 30/11/2000
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781857987676
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Review by lunacat
Lud-In-The-Mist, on the banks of the rivers Dapple and Dawl, is focused around merchants and trade, Law and respectability. But a dark force lurks beneath the surface, coming out of the Elfin Marches and the Debatable Lands. It is 'fairie', slipping into the town via the forbidden and feared 'fairy fruit', through dreams and wandering people. For Nathaniel Chanticleer, faerie hits closer to home as the Note that has haunted him years comes back, and his own son seems within its grasp.Lyrical and beautifully written from start to finish, this was poetry as prose. Within here there are none of the usual fantasy suspects: no wars, battles or evil sorcerers are found. Instead, there are far sublter dangers and fears, with the suspiciously helpful Endymion Leer causing malicious trouble and sending chills up the spine.Not only is some of the language stunning, it is also extremely atmospheric, at times causing goosebumps all over. That is the charm of this as it captures you with gentleness as opposed to action, until you drink in every second.Very much reminiscent of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, if you like that then you will probably like this. Not for everyone, this is now residing as one of my favourite fantasy books of all time.