Fitcher's Brides is a 400 page dark fantasy novel written by Gregory Frost and first published in 2002. It is part of Tor Books' series of novels, directed by Terri Windling, that retell popular fairy tales in imaginative new settings. Fitcher's Brides was a finalist for the 2003 World Fantasy Award. Tor's summary reads as follows: It is the "last year of the world," according to Elias Fitcher, a charismatic preacher in the Finger Lakes district of New York State. He's established a Utopian community on an estate outside the town of Jekyll's Glen, where the faithful wait, work, and pray for the world to end. Vernelia, Amy, and Catherine Charter are the three young townswomen whose father falls under the Reverend Fitcher's hypnotic sway. In their old house, where ghostly voices whisper from the walls, the girls are ruled by their stepmother, who is ruled in turn by the fiery preacher. Determined to spend Eternity as a married man, Fitcher casts his eye on Vernelia, and before much longer the two are wed. But living on the man's estate, separated from her family, Vern soon learns the extent of her husband's dark side. It's rumored that he's been married before, though what became of those wives she does not know. Perhaps the secret lies in the locked room at the very top of the house-the single room that the Reverend Fitcher has forbidden to her. Inspired by the classic fairy tales "Bluebeard" and "The Fitcher Bird," this dark fantasy is set in New York State's "Burned-Over District," at its time of historic religious ferment. All three Charter sisters will play their part in the story of Fitcher's Utopia: a story of faith gone wrong and evil countered by one brave, true soul. THE FAIRY TALE SERIES CREATED BY TERRI WINDLING ONCE UPON A TIME ... ... fairy tales were written for young and old alike. It is only in the last century that they have been deemed fit only for children and stripped of much of their original complexity, sensuality, and power to frighten and delight. Tor Books is proud to present the latest offering in the Fairy Tale Series-a growing library of beautifully designed original novels by acclaimed writers of fantasy and horror, each retelling a classic tale such as Snow White and Rose Red, Briar Rose, Tam Lin, and others in interesting-often startling-new ways.
"A sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder . . . Frost draws richly detailed human characters and embellishes his multilayered stories with intriguing creatures-benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods."-Publishers Weekly, on ShadowbridgeDaughter of the legendary shadow-puppeteer Bardsham, Leodora has inherited her father's skills . . . and his enemies. Together with her manager-Soter, keeper of her father's darkest secrets, and a gifted young musician named Diverus, Leodora has traveled from span to span, her masked performances given under the stage name Jax, winning fame and fortune.But Jax's success may be Leodora's undoing. Years ago, following a performance by Bardsham, the vengeful god known as Lord Tophet visited a horrific punishment upon the span of Colemaigne and its citizens, a reprisal inflicted without warning or explanation. And as the genius of Jax gives rise to rumors that Bardsham has returned, Lord Tophet takes notice and dispatches a quintet of deadly killers to learn the truth behind the mask.Now, upon the cursed span of Colemaigne, where her father achieved his greatest triumph and suffered his bitterest tragedy, Leodora is about to perform the most shocking story of all."Stunning . . . Frost could be on his way toward a masterpiece."-Locus, on Shadowbridge"Beautifully written and realized."-Jeffrey Ford, author of The Empire of Ice Cream, on ShadowbridgeLord Tophet is the completion of a two-book adventure.From the Trade Paperback edition.
"[A] rather stunning new fantasy novel.... [Shadowbridge] achieves a kind of Florentine grace and balance rare in modern fantasy, interpolating tales within tales, playing ingenious games with point of view, and offering more than a few passages of surpassingly lovely prose. It's a far more important novel than its almost generic-sounding title would suggest.... For all its painterly beauty,Shadowbridgeis a tough-minded novel that confronts some disturbing issues, and that is remarkably efficient in the tel...
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