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Wisp of a Thing

Wisp of a Thing

A Novel of the Tufa

Tufa Novels (Volume 2)

Alex Bledsoe

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Wisp of a Thing: a unique contemporary fantasy where magic is hidden in plain sight and age-old rivalries simmer just beneath the surface

Alex Bledsoe's The Hum and the Shiver was named one of the Best Fiction Books by Kirkus Reviews. Now Bledsoe returns to the isolated ridges and hollows of the Smoky Mountains to spin an equally enchanting tale of music and fairy magic older than the hills.

Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Needsville, 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. 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.

Soon, Rob realizes that he is part of a greater story among the Tufa, and must break a timeless curse that haunts the town's past.

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

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Praise for Wisp of a Thing

“Beautifully written, surprisingly moving, and unexpected in the best of ways.” —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author

“This beautifully handled drama once again comes complete with fascinating characters, a persuasive setting, and intriguing complications. Bledsoe's on a roll.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Bledsoe's rich, nearly poetic prose . . . captured me at page one and didn't let me go to the end. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, this is a book you need to add to your list today.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer on The Hum and the Shiver

“I loved this book for many reasons--the bone-deep mystery, the setting, the music, and the harsh beauty of its characters. It gives a new meaning to well played.” —Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of Two Weeks' Notice, on The Hum and the Shiver

“Bledsoe crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced with the music and beliefs of a magical reality.” —Library Journal, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver

“It's a mixture: folk tales and folk songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or a rustic version of 'urban fantasy,' with its suggestion that there's mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullest small-town façade.” —The Wall Street Journal on The Hum and the Shiver

“This powerful, character-driven drama occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Hum and the Shiver

“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

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About the author

Alex Bledsoe

ALEX BLEDSOE is the critically-acclaimed author of the Tufa novels The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing, Long Black Curl, Chapel of Ease, and Gather Her Round as well as the Eddie LaCrosse series: The Sword-Edged Blonde, Dark Jenny, Burn Me Deadly, and He Drank, and Saw the Spider

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