About the book:
Marit vowed never to use magic again – its force can be fatal. But when her best friend Eve is adopted by a legendary former dancer, Marit draws upon her powers to secure a job with the wealthy family so that she can watch over her. But Marit has another, secret motivation: her father died while working in the family’s mines, and she has reason to believe he was murdered.
Among the glittering surfaces and intrigues of her new life in Copenhagen, Marit begins to investigate her father’s death. But every step closer to the truth brings more danger and soon she is caught in a deception that goes all the way up to the king. Magic may be the only thing that can save her – if it doesn’t kill her first.
Review by Katy Haye:
Splinters of Scarlet was a sumptuous treat. A historical fantasy based in a magical nineteenth-century Denmark, it was rich and absorbing.
The magic that formed the core of the book was beautifully handled – equal parts blessing and curse, all users of magic are aware that they are on borrowed time, using abilities that will one day freeze their blood and kill them.
Marit was a wonderful character, bearing the scars of losing both her parents and her sister (who died from magical ‘firn’ in front of her eyes), and her devotion to Eve, the fellow orphan whom she loves as a sister provided her with powerful motivation to do whatever was required to in order to ensure Eve’s happiness. This balance between staying safe and risking all for another provided a wonderful push and pull throughout the book.
The mystery running through the story of what happened to Marit’s father held some glorious twists and turns, and the denouement made me blink back tears.