“I can’t fathom them, and neither can you.”
The ageless water witch Arahab has been scheming for eons, gathering the means to awaken the great Leviathan. She aims to bring him and the old gods back to their former glory, caring little that their ascendance will also mean an end to the human race. However, awakening the Leviathan is no small feat. In fact, Arahab can’t compl
That's essentially Fathom in a nutshell: it defies expectations....more
This book makes me want to geek out in so many ways. It's a story that clearly references myths and mythical characters, but itself follows many of the elements of myths; the cyclic nature, the importance of kin, the notion of fam...more
Fathom is a story set in mid-20th-century Florida about ancient gods fighting to resurrect...more
That pretty much sums up my reaction to Fathom. Look, I know that "start with a bang" is something that's drummed into the head of every genre writer. But there also needs to be some context and some level-setting, and that doesn't happen for about 100 pages. And that's a long time to be confused.
But then the threads started to weave together, and I thought I had found a treasure that only a patient reader would uncover. And things went al...more
Anyway, the story is adequate, and some of the ideas and premises are intriguing. The world "works". Parts of the tale are beutifully told, and it has...more
It helps because I am addicted to book buying. I can't buy just one book. It doesn't work. I swear the book gets lonely by itself in the bag. It starts to cry. It's very sad.
Anyway, I picked this help during educator's week in part because it sounded more interesting than Boneshaker and because it was educator's week.
Ms. Priest, I'm buying your o...more
Nia is visiting her cousin Bernice and other family members on a island in Florida when Bernice unexpectedly commits a crime--and when Nia refuses to help her cover it up, the two of them are in turn ambushed during their struggle by a water goddess bent on using Bernice to further her aim of awakening a being even older and more powerful than she. Nia is transf...more
This novel feels like a chip off a larger diamond of a story: something incomplete, sharp-edged, yet glorious. It follows the supernatural adventures of farm-girl Nia: her introduction to a sea-witch/goddess bent on destroying the world, her transformation into a creature never before seen on the earth, and her attempts to fo...more
Cherie Priest's writing is lyrical and has g...more
Very strange plot, definitely grabs you. Mythic fantasy. Light reading.
This is a difficult genre to write. There is a thin line in making believable fantasy. There are moments when this book slips, but Priest brings it back, which gives it just a little camp edge, probably intentionally. Most certainly Priest is a clever writer, who is pushing some boundaries here, twisting events in unexpected ways.
I can't recomend this unreservedly, but i was pleasantly amused.
As someone who's always thought of elemental creatures in the dungeons and dragons sense of things that wizards create and control, this novel was a welcome flipping of that concept, exploring what would happen if elementals existed in our own world, and could control / transform humans. The result is a powerful tale of just how mind-numbingly terri...more
I especially enjoyed the characterizations in this book, especially that of Arahab. Other characters refer to her as "the sea witch" but she is clearly a primordial goddess on the order of Tiamat. It would have been easy to present her as a raging, simplistic nightmare, but Arahab has tender feelings...more
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It's . . . beautiful, creepy, alien, familiar, and sweeping, all together. I loved the servant of Vu...more
This title is set in 1930's Florida-a unique but enticing period.
I absolutely, 100%, must recommend this magical book. Please don't let me lousy punctuation deter you from this book!
I thought I might not like Fathom after reading the bizarre summary on the book jacket but I am glad that I overcame my misgivings and gave it a try. The story follows several people who have been altered by forces that they do not understand to play a part in a very old story. The plot also involves a water witch, a psychotic young girl, a pirate...more