THE HUM AND THE SHIVER
Bledsoe’s new Tufa series brims with potential that is never fully realized. Many interesting ideas are kicked under the table and never fully explored, including the heroine herself. The Tufa remain indistinct, characterized as archetypes rather than living, breathing people.
Bronwyn Hyatt returns from the war in Iraq a changed person. But coming home means she can truly heal, as the Tufa are tied to the land. While her physical injuries heal, there are emotional scars left to conquer. When a new threat looms against her family, Bronwyn will have to dig deep inside and remember the family magic to ensure everyone comes out alive. Ghosts of the past make this less easy than it might otherwise be, as Bronwyn is plagued by a nasty former lover, the curious Methodist minister and an evil which has its sights set on someone she loves. (TOR, Oct., 304 pp., $15.99)