Winter, 1780, and the solstice is fast approaching. Four months after the events of The Moth and Moon, burly fisherman Robin Shipp is preparing for his first Midwinter festival with his lover, the handsome baker Edwin Farriner. But when a letter arrives begging for help, they must travel with their friend, Duncan, to Port Knot on sinister Blackrabbit Island for a final confrontation with Edwin’s mother. Also visiting the island are Lady Eva and her wife Iris, with a stunning proposition that could change Robin and Edwin’s lives forever.
The snow-covered harbour town of Port Knot is a dangerous place. While there, Robin, Edwin, and Duncan explore the menacing rooftop settlement known as the Roost, mingle with high society in the magnificent splendour of Chase Manor, and uncover a violent conspiracy threatening the island’s entire way of life.
Old rivalries will flare, shocking secrets will be revealed, and as Duncan’s scandalous past finally catches up with him, will it ultimately destroy them all?
The men will be tested to their limits as they discover that on Blackrabbit Island, the lion lies waiting.
Point of view:
This is book 2 in Glenn Quigley’s The Moth and Moon series. While book 1 didn’t end on any kind of cliffhanger (and neither does this), it’s definitely a continuation of lives of those characters. Having read The Moth and Moon definitely helps with understanding the characters and some of the events that lead to their travels. This review may contain spoilers to the previous book.
I loved, loved, loved this book. Quigley’s writing is so descriptive – the world building, emotions, suspense, mystery, adventure, and romance are all impeccable. It’s a long book but really many smaller stories and events that come together to tell a wonderful story.
Robin, Edwin, & Duncan leave Merryapple and set sail for Blackrabbit Island to investigate the strange behavior of Edwin’s mother. Eva & Iris are also there as Eva’s father has fallen ill and isn’t expected to make it. They run into old friends, make new acquaintances, and unwittingly uncover a nefarious plot. Family secrets are revealed (for numerous Merryapple residents), relationships are tested, and eventually found-family bonds are strengthened. A special request is made and it will change the lives of so many.
I don’t know how to express how much I enjoyed this without spoiling anything. So many threads woven together to create such a beautiful story. Such a joy to read and I’m looking forward to We Cry the Sea.
About the author:
Glenn Quigley is an author and artist originally from Tallaght in Dublin, Ireland, and now living in Lisburn, Northern Ireland with his partner of many years.
His first novel, The Moth and Moon, was published in 2018. When not writing, he paints portraits in watercolours and tweets too many photos of lighthouses.
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My Favorite Quotes
“Robin Shipp, always accustomed to striding through the world a giant, was suddenly very small within it. Very small, very lost, and very alone.”
“Family’s not just the people you’re born to, it’s the people you collect along the way.”