The Second Bell (Paperback)
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The Second Bell (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 09/03/2021
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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 ]

Publisher: Watkins Media
ISBN: 9780857668905
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Captivating, provocative and poignant - not to be missed."
"This is well worth your time!"
"a very personal story you won't be able to stop thinking about long after the tale is told."
"enchanting fairy tale with real-world themes."
"Houston has gifted us with a folktale that is both mythically resonant and all too human."
"This intimate fantasy offers a heartfelt reflection on what it means to be human that is sure to please."
"a coming-of-age tale set in a lavishly detailed backdrop drawn from the writer's native Slavic mythology"
"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."
"Fans of mythical yarns and medieval fantasies will enjoy this easy-to-read fable."
"A masterful tale."
"A claustrophobic but very human tale of bad decisions rather than (totally) bad people."

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“Enjoyed it!”

Despite a lot of rough edges, I found 'The Second Bell' to be very readable, and I finished it in no time!

The central concept of the striga is from Slavic mythology, and Houston does it great justice.... More

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“Unique and beautiful storytelling”

I am astounded at the amazing storytelling in this book, it’s just so wonderful and beautiful, like the writing. It’s a completely magical read , I’ve never read anything like this before it’s so unique. It’s an... More

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Dan at Cribbs Causeway Store

“Resist the call of the Second Bell....or maybe you cannot...”

In an isolated mountain community, sometimes a child is born with two hearts. A Striga, as they are known, is considered a threat and a danger to others and therefore are abandoned on the edge of the forest and... More

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