Enter the world of Annaleigh Thaumas, rife with ocean creatures and the ever-present salty tang of sea air. The story starts with a sea burial, where Annaleigh and her family are seeing off yet another sister in death – committing her body to the Salt once more. These are People of the Salt – born from the salt of the sea, and they would be buried in the salt of the sea.
This is the fourth sister to die, all under unpleasant circumstances – everything from the plague to a horrifying plunge from a cliff trail to the rocks below. But the family doesn’t want to grieve anymore. There are eight Thaumas girls remaining and many of them have spent a majority of their lives in drab, dark mourning clothes.
Not anymore. The Thaumas girls are expected to find matches and marry well. But they can’t do that when they continually spend a year or more in mourning for each sister they return to the Salt.
So they prepare a ball. They throw off the gray weight of grief and don sparkling slippers and silky, bright fabrics in the hope of catching the eye of a handsome, eligible bachelor for their own Happily Ever After.
But the ball sputters out. Few, if any, gentlemen approach the Thaumas girls for a dance. Because there’s a rumor going around. The Thaumas household is cursed. That’s why they’ve buried four girls. No one wishes to run the risk of a cursed bride.Continue reading “Book Review: The House of Salt and Sorrows”