‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ by Erin A. Craig is an adaptation of the Grimm’s Fairy Tale ‘The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces’ (also known as ‘The 12 Dancing Princesses’). This story is due for release on August 6, 2019. I received an ARC of this novel through Net Galley, and the synopsis intrigued me: a wealthy Duke enduring the mysterious loss of a daughter year after year. I never read the fairy tale before taking on this story, but I decided to read the story based on the paranormal aspect.
‘House of Salt of Sorrows’ is set in Salann, an island territory in the world of Arcannia. Each territory follows its own deity based on the climate of the area (the residents of Salann worship Pontus, a god akin to Poseidon. The story follows the perspective of Annaleigh, who is now second in line to her father’s inheritance, due to the eldest daughters suffering tragic, unexplainable deaths. Annaleigh sets out to solve the mystery of her sisters’ deaths, and encounters disturbing elements of paranormal occurrences along the way. Her youngest sister endures quite descriptive images of paranormal activity, yet Annaleigh doesn’t acknowledge these signs until she is in the throes of her journey. She finds herself racing to discover the origin of her family’s dilemma before any further losses take place.
I loved how descriptive the death and violence were in the book. I enjoy reading books with tragic elements, and I was pleasantly surprised that I read this inside a YA novel. I love a good tale with mystery and paranormal elements.
‘House of Salt and Sorrows’ is a very good story, and I am thankful to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for giving me an eARC!