“Flushed with starlight and moonlight drowned,
All the dreamers are castle-bound.
At midnight’s stroke, we will unwind,
Revealing fantasies soft or unkind.
Show me debauched nightmares or sunniest daydreams.
Come not as you are but as you wish to be seen.”Erin A. Craig, House Of Salt And Sorrows.
I’m kinda at a loss for words with this one. It’s definitely not what I expected. It gets high reviews, for sure, but I thought it was going to be about princesses and dancing. Ha ha I have proven myself wrong (I just love when I do that). A haunting retelling of twelve-sisters dancing with plot twists that make you say: I did not see that one coming! and it’s written in such a way that makes you feel like your in a dream.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last–the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge–and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents.
The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who–or what–are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family–before it claims her next.
I loved Annaleigh, because she was such a strong protagonist. Even the romance didn’t take away from that, as it usually does. Every death was more terrifying than the last, and somehow Erin A. Craig made it seem like you were one of the sisters. At first, I thought I knew what happened to her sisters, but it changed again and again. I loved how this book was so unpredictable. The sisterly bond was also so sweet, but I enjoyed how complicated the family relationship was.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Or other books by the author? Thanks for reading! Maeve, out.