Klaus Rise is a creature out of Norse mythology living in the 21st century.
Through the darkest hours of the night, he maintains a low profile as a tollkeeper along a lonely stretch of Florida causeway. Then a drunken, loud-mouthed motorist causes Klaus to lose his stony cool, spurring him to recount two intertwined stories. One is an epic coming-of-age tale set in medieval Norway and Iceland, and the other is a modern sunshine noir mystery in which he attracts the attention of a woman who is more than she seems. Continue reading “The Tollkeeper” by Mark Vickers
The woman within the mirror drew nearer. For a moment she appeared directly behind it and they could see the elaborate embroidery and beading of her gown; then she mounted up upon the frame as a step. The surface of the mirror became softer, like a dense cloud or mist.
Centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into England’s past. Only one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell, whose magical powers – of conjuring, misdirection and resurrection – send a thrill through the country.
But cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of the brilliant Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the antithesis of Norrell. And so begins a dangerous battle between two great men whose obsessions and dabblings with the dark arts will cause more trouble than they can possibly imagine.
Continue reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clarke