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Ormeshadow

By Priya Sharma
Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma digital book - Fable

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Winner of the 2019 Shirley Jackson Novella Award
Winner of the 2020 BFS Award

Acclaimed author Priya Sharma transports readers back in time with Ormeshadow, a coming-of-age story as dark and rich as good soil.

Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.

Uprooted from Bath by his father's failures, Gideon Belman finds himself stranded on Ormeshadow farm, an ancient place of chalk and ash and shadow. The land crests the Orme, a buried, sleeping dragon that dreams resentment, jealousy, estrangement, death. Or so the folklore says. Growing up in a house that hates him, Gideon finds his only comforts in the land. Gideon will live or die by the Orme, as all his family has.

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13 Reviews

3.5
“This was an absolutely fantastic novella. The writing was beautiful, the plot was heartwrenching, and the conclusion was everything I wanted it to be. This draws you in, breaks your heart, then spits you back out with just enough of a happy ending to make up for it all.”
“I can’t deny that this book was beautifully written. It has elements of the fantastic, which of course I love, and the intermingling of folklore and legend and reality is written so well I almost considered it to be an autobiography of sorts. But its sad. So devastatingly sad I can’t find it in my heart to enjoy the story for what it is. It just feels like an unfair life led by a boy who should’ve had a kinder one. I also felt that maybe it moved too fast? Between one paragraph and the next it seemed as though our protagonist had aged six years and what had happened in that time? It was vague, which I know was the intent, but I didn’t think much of it.”

About Priya Sharma

PRIYA SHARMA's fiction has appeared in Interzone, Black Static, Nightmare, The Dark and Tor.com. She’s been anthologised in several of Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year series, Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror series, Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014, Steve Haynes’ Best British Fantasy 2014, and Johnny Main’s Best British Horror 2015. She’s also been on many Locus’ Recommended Reading Lists. “Fabulous Beasts” was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. She is a Grand Judge for the Aeon Award, an annual writing competition run by Albedo One, Ireland’s longest-running and foremost magazine of the Fantastic. A collection of some of Priya’s work, All the Fabulous Beasts, was released in 2018 from Undertow Publications.

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