The Book of Love
by Kelly Link
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Pub Date 14 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 15 Feb 2024
Head of Zeus, Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
FROM PULITZER-PRIZE FINALIST KELLY LINK
Laura, Daniel and Mo disappeared without trace a year ago. They have long been presumed dead.
Which they were.
But now they are not.
And it is up to the resurrected teenagers to discover what happened to them.
Revived by Mr Anabin – the man they knew as their high school music teacher – they are offered a chance to return to the mortal realm if they can solve solve the mystery of their deaths, learn how to use the magic they now possess, and identify the mysterious fourth soul that crossed back over with them.
“The Book of Love is an incredible achievement — a novel whose people and places feel so true to life that the magic that shimmers through the pages like grown-up fairy dust seems not just real but unquestionable. A book that harrows your soul as it makes you laugh: this modern day The Master and Margarita will remain with you long after you have turned the last lush and visionary page.”
- Cassandra Clare
"By turns playful and harrowing, surreal and sagacious, replete with gods and other monsters, The Book of Love is an astonishing, gorgeous novel written with Link’s unique wit, warmth and ability to get under your skin."
- Holly Black
"An eldritch Our Town that somehow manages to be both epic and intimate. Link's language is nimble and startling and goes down so easy. You won't realize you're drunk on this story until it's too late and you're careening from the spectacularly weird to the wildly funny to an aching grief almost too familiar to bear. A dizzying dream ride you will never forget."
- Leigh Bardugo
"Magnificently witty in ideas and narrative, sweeping in scale and execution, THE BOOK OF LOVE is an absolute feast of a story, ushering the reader along a path that is always sublime, often hilarious and frequently surreal, and at every single point absolutely rammed full of heart and truth. I am in love with Mo, Laura, Daniel and Suzanne, I want to take a trip to Lovesend, I want to see My Two Hands Both Know You play The Kissing Song at the Cliff Hangar, I want to read Caitlynn Hightower's novels, I want to grab coffee at What Hast Thou Ground? I could have kept reading this story far beyond the last page; I wish I could have lived it for real, just a little."
- Melinda Salisbury
"Link wraps a terrifying core of rusty razorblades in deceptive layers of charming, daffy quirkiness. It's a confection like no other: one you won't forget – or regret."
- Cory Doctorow
"THE BOOK OF LOVE is pure enchantment – a tale of love, death, magic and teenagers being teenagers, rich with fairy strangeness and told in sentences like jewels strung on a chain. A book to get lost in."
- Zen Cho
"Link has made a modern myth, grand enough to capture all the agony and absurdity and radiance of love itself. This is one of those books that cuts your life in two: before you read it, and after."
- Alix E. Harrow
"What more can be said about Kelly Link, that has not been (breathlessly) said already? She is a sorcerer. She is our greatest living fabulist. There is no one like her. And The Book of Love is a luxurious, bewitching novel of exceptional beauty and power."
- Carmen Maria Machado
"You know you are in good hands with Kelly Link: she is a master storyteller. The magic of her short fiction is heightened and writ large here. The Book of Love is highly suspenseful, and an expertly crafted adventure - but it is also brimming with heart. There is no point at which I could predict what would happen next - it is full of surprise, and secrets, which will make it hugely rewarding on the inevitable reread. Link’s prose is unmatched: she makes the world seem both more surreal, and more gorgeous at every turn. There is nobody writing like her: Link is truly singular."
- Sarah Maria Griffin
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Average rating from 44 members
I really enjoyed the mystery element of this book which kept me hooked. Definitely recommended as I couldn't put it down.