Title: Under the Pendulum Sun
Author: Jeannette Ng
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Format: Paperback, 409 pages
Synopsis: Catherine Helstone’s missionary brother, Laon, has disappeared while bringing the Gospels to the Dark Continent – not Africa, but Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey to that extraordinary land, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethesmane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.
This is a difficult book to write a review for. I really enjoyed it when I was reading it but it took me reminding myself to pick it back up after I put it down. Jeannette Ng’s writing is gorgeous and I was entranced by the theology mixed with the magic of the fae but it is a slower passed dense read. I loved how she included texts by Shakespeare and Shelley that made the fantastical more familiar. The gothicness was on point!
“Do not shame me for knowledge that has been denied me. Do not patronize me over the position to which I have been born.” I saw him flinch, but I continued. “I had thought the respect you had for me was mine by right, as your sister and equal. Not granted to me on your whim. To be begged and earned, however tenderly.”
If you’re a fan of the Brontës I recommend you give Under the Pendulum Sun a go!