By Martin Stewart
The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher kinfolk has tended it for generations—clearing it of ice and weed, ensuring boats can get via, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths. Wulliam’s father, the present Riverkeep, is pleased with this paintings. Wull dreads it. And in a single week, while he comes of age, he'll need to take over.
Then the unthinkable occurs. whereas recuperating a drowned guy, Wull’s father is pulled under—and while he emerges, he's now not himself. a depressing spirit possesses him, devouring him from the interior. right away, Wull is Riverkeep. And he needs to take care of his father, too.
whilst he hears therapy for his father lurks within the abdominal of an excellent sea-dwelling beast referred to as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic trip down the river that his relatives has see you later protected—but by no means explored. alongside the best way, he faces loss of life in any variety of methods, meets humans and creatures touched via magic and insanity and alchemy, and reveals braveness he by no means knew he possessed.
Martin Stewart's debut novel is an outstanding combination of the literary, the comedic, and the emotionally resonant. In a sentence, it is The Wizard of Oz as advised via Patrick Ness. It marks the start of a awesome career.
From the Hardcover edition.