In Other Lands
Sarah Rees Brennan
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Sometimes it’s not the kid you expect who falls through to magicland, sometimes it’s . . . Elliott. He’s grumpy, nerdy, and appalled by both the dearth of technology and the levels of fitness involved in swinging swords around. He’s a little enchanted by the elves and mermaids. Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise) he finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possible.
"A subversive, sneaky, glorious tale of magic, longing, and growing into your wings."
Holly Black, author of The Darkest Part of the Forest
Praise for Sarah Rees Brennan's books:
Breathtakinga compulsive, rocketing read.”
Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author
I suspect that word of this magical thriller will pass through the populace with the energy of wind, of fire.”
Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg and Spoon
From the pitch-perfect opening paragraph, to the heartbreaking final pages delicious.”
Kirkus (starred review)
A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart.”
Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author
A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic.”
Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author
A laugh-out-loud delight.”Publishers Weekly
Brennan takes the genres of young adult, fantasy, and romance, and through her own writerly, alchemical process converts them into something new and strange and lovely.”Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters
Sarah Rees Brennan (sarahreesbrennan.com) was born and raised in Ireland and now travels the world writing, teaching and confusing locals. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Tell the Wind and Fire and the Lynburn Legacy and Demon’s Lexicon series, among other works.
This was lovely and witty and thoughtful from start to finish and has easily become one of my top two favorite books ever. Entertaining and heartfelt while providing a running commentary on the foolishness of policing sex and gender and the total awesomeness of mermaids.
Concerns (questions that should be answered in a sequel that should absolutely be written): what happened to the best part of the fake dating trope? Where are the centaurs? Why do unicorns insist on shaming and goring hussies? How will our heroes perfect a partially aquatic mail delivery system? What do mermaid libraries look like? Is there lo tech enough scuba gear that Elliot could find out first hand? If the technology is crafted in the magical otherworld will it still melt and explode? Where’s my Golden wedding? Why did Luke refer to the Championship as some sort of misunderstanding? How will Elliot acquire more pens when he runs out? Will he have to become a criminal for the sake of peace? If (when) Rachel finds out Elliot’s mother is a deadbeat, how mad is she gonna be at that lady? Will it spread through the fam like the Wavechaser news and will they all start making snide remarks whenever in proximity to Elliot’s mother? Please let there be a sequel.