Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

A lovely fantasy, with absolutely everything:
People with powers
A little romance
Family conflicts
Climactic battle
Happy ending

No angst, no irredeemable mistakes, and always someone powerful on the side of good.

Horrible cover, but we can ignore that!

The Chapel Hollow family has been growing increasingly twisted over the past decades. Laura, thought to be "wingless" or without great powers, thinks she has escaped, but is drawn back into the corrupt meshes of her family when she returns for her brother's wedding. But she does not return alone. Tom Renfield, janitor, drifter, and a man with strange abilities, may be the only person who can cleanse Chapel Hollow, return the family to its former strength and goodness, and help Laura accept her power.

Verdict: So sad that this is out of print! Worth digging up a used copy for your own delectation and that of any teens who will enjoy the mix of fantasy, family drama, romance, and powers.

ISBN: 978-0380772537; Published May 1993 by Avon, out of print; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for my personal collection

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