Wisp of a Thing: A Novel of the Tufa
Alex Bledsoe’s The Hum and the Shiver was named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews. Now with Wisp of a Thing Bledsoe returns to the isolated ridges and hollows of the Smoky Mountains to spin an equally enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills….Touched by a very... show more
Alex Bledsoe’s The Hum and the Shiver was named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews. Now with Wisp of a Thing Bledsoe returns to the isolated ridges and hollows of the Smoky Mountains to spin an equally enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills….Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart. All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the internet: they are an enigmatic clan of swarthy, black-haired mountain people whose historical roots are lost in myth and controversy. Some people say that when the first white settlers came to the Appalachians centuries ago, they found the Tufa already there. Others hint that Tufa blood brings special gifts.Rob finds both music and mystery in the mountains. Close-lipped locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a subtle power struggle he can’t begin to comprehend. A vacationing wife goes missing, raising suspicions of foul play, and a strange feral girl runs wild in the woods, howling in the night like a lost spirit.Change is coming to Cloud County, and only the night wind knows what part Rob will play when the last leaf falls from the Widow’s Tree…and a timeless curse must be broken at last.“This beautifully handled drama of Appalachian music and magic once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive setting and intriguing complications. Bledsoe’s on a roll.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Wisp of a Thing
Publish date: June 18th 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 349
Edition language: English
Series: Tufa (#2)
I really enjoy Alex Bledsoe's voice. His writing is easy yet rich and full. Perfect for the subject matter of North America's fairy population. It's not an urban fantasy, it's more a contemporary, rural fantasy, I think. Set in the Appalachian mountains and peopled with a whole bunch of unique ch...
The first book in this series, The Hum and the Shiver, featured Tufa Bronwyn Hyatt, who is a strong woman and a compelling character. The book itself was a series of vignettes with a pacing that didn’t quite hold together for me. The main character of a Wisp of a Thing, outsider Rob Quillen, is no...
I meant to sit down for an hour and read as a way of decompressing from a long car trip yesterday...and suddenly it was dark out, I was done with the book, and I had completely forgotten to eat dinner. This is the second novel in Alex Bledsoe's Tufa series; a not-so-urban fairy take, and it was just...
Wisp of A Thing is the latest installment of the stories of the mysterious Tufa. Residents of Cloud County, Tennessee since before the European settlers, the order of their existence is upset when singer-songwriter Rob Quillen arrives in their community looking for a way to mend his broken heart. Bu...
I had read the first book, The Hum and the Shiver, which surprised me. I really enjoyed that book and it was a different kind of paranormal story. While you could probably get into the story without reading the first book, I do not suggest it. There are some subtle background to this world you under...