The Hum and the Shiver

The Hum and the Shiver

Paperback - 2011 | 1st ed.
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The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills, and the first book in the wondrous Tufa series. . . .

"Imagine a book somewhere between American Gods and Faulkner. In brief: a good book. Absolutely worth your time."--Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author, on The Hum and the Shiver

No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be a mystery, there are hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.

Bronwyn Hyatt, a pure-blood Tufa, has always insisted on doing things her own way, regardless of the consequences. Even though Tufa rarely leave Cloud County, she enlisted in the Army to escape the pressures of Tufa life--her family, her obligations as a First Daughter, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But after barely surviving a devastating ambush that killed most of her fellow soldiers, Private Hyatt returns to Cloud County wounded in body and in spirit. But danger lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless "haint" lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn's darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.

Now Bronwyn finds the greatest battle to be right here at home, where her obligations struggle with her need for freedom, and if she makes the wrong choice, the consequences could be deadly for all the Tufa. . . .

"A sheer delight."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Enter the captivating world of the fae in Alex Bledsoe's Tufa novels

The Hum and the Shiver
Wisp of a Thing
Long Black Curl
Chapel of Ease
Gather Her Round

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765327444
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 17, 2016

Anything by Alex Bledsoe is a good read regardless of the sub genre. This guy can write!

wtchywmn9 Sep 09, 2015

Devoured it in 2 days...couldn't put it down. On to the next two in the series.

May 14, 2015

Very good read. Be sure to check out "Wisp of a thing" Music, Folk ways, horror and back to the land style make this a fun and exciting adventure.

Jan 29, 2015

I love this book, it's set in a world I would love to live in. The 'Tufa' of the story are a people with many traditions that seem wonderful. They take care of their own, justice is usually served, and the good in people is valued. An excellent read suggested by my college-age son.

Dec 28, 2013

An interesting twist on the tales of fairies that somehow makes sense attached to the Appalachians. I quite enjoyed most of it though the YA Romance aspects of it kept me from giving it top rating.

Nov 29, 2013

My favorite new genre might be called red-dirt fantasy, country cousin to urban fantasy, but it's hard to sell even to myself. Fairies, bluegrass, and Iraq War veterans? Just trust me.

Oct 14, 2013

This powerful, character-driven drama, with its fantasy plot is totally absorbing.


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