The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
This is a most peculiar book.
The Prologue sets the scene as black feathers fall on the city of Bath and then as if by magic the city disappears and Faerie folk come out from below with their magic. A war follows in whichthe humans use their power to blow the living daylights out of the faerie world.
What emerges is a new Bath populated by humans, faeries and half faerie half humans or Peculiars, but the latter only in the dingiest parts of the city. Nobody likes peculiars. The squalor and degradation is of Dickensian proportions and indeed Dickensian describes the very style of the novel.
Bartholomew Kettle and his sister are peculiars and live in the dingiest part of Bath. Their mother has brought them up to” not get noticed and they will not get hanged” but kids being what they are will always look for adventure. Bartholomew is fascinated by Faerie words that cover his body and calls up a faerie to find out what they mean.
He gets himself noticed. But who is Mr Felliby and who is the mysterious lady in purple that enters Bartholomew’s life?
A strange story for good readers of fantasy from Intermediate to secondary level.