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The Second Bell

(2021)
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To the world you are an abomination; a monster with unholy abilities. You're shunned and left to fend for yourself. Your only chance of survival is to tap into that dark potential - would you do it?

In an isolated mountain community, sometimes a child is born with two hearts. Such a child - a striga - is considered a dangerous demon, which must be abandoned on the edge of the forest to protect the community. The only choice the child's mother can make is whether to leave her home with her infant, or stay behind and try to forget.

Miriat made her choice. She and her nineteen-year-old striga daughter, Salka, now live a life of deprivation and hardship in a remote village, where to follow the impulses of the other heart is forbidden.

But Salka is headstrong and young, and when threatened with losing everything, she is forced to explore the depths of her true nature, testing the bonds between mother and child.

File Under: Fantasy [ Breaking Taboos | Hidden Shadows | Hungry Like the Wolf | Slavic Story ]

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A very personal story you won't be able to stop thinking about long after the tale is told." - Dan Hanks

"Prose that scintillates, characters that captivate, and a world that is at once enchanting in its magic, horrifying in its realism, and vice-versa. Houston has gifted us with a folktale that is both mythically resonant and all too human." - Tyler Hayes

"A fresh and provocative spin on the Slavic Stiga mythology, The Second Bell is a smart and complex journey into the meaning of family, community, nature and possibility. A gripping read and full of heart." - Soniah Kamal

"This is well worth your time!" - Gavin G Smith

"Enchanting fairy tale with real-world themes." - Ginger Smith

"Captivating, provocative and poignant - not to be missed." - David Wragg


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March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Second Bell
Author(s): Gabriela Houston
ISBN: 0-85766-890-0 / 978-0-85766-890-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
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Title: The Second Bell
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Title: The Second Bell
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March 2021 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Second Bell
Author(s): Gabriela Houston
Publisher: Angry Robot
Availability: Amazon UK