For hundreds of years, the European fairy folk have been slowly encroaching on the territory of the native spirits, the manitou. Things come to a head when a group of rogue bogans kills the head of the deer clan's daughter, which causes a chain reaction in which humans are also pulled into the conflict, including Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell.

Jilly is still recovering from the hit-and-run accident that confined her to a wheelchair. Before she can fully heal from her injuries, she needs to deal with her horrific childhood experiences. When she is transported to an otherworld of her own making, she must face down her abusive brother and rise above her childhood while never forgetting it.

De Lint is a master stylist, and the tale of Jilly and Geordie's slow but inevitable coming together is told with extraordinary sensitivity and grace. He seamlessly integrates their story with the conflict between the spirits, and while both resolutions are a touch pat, they're still emotionally resonant. (May, 560 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs