The Liar of Red Valley

A fantastical story that I only regret isn’t the start of a new series

Book title

The Liar of Red Valley

Author

Walter Goodwater

Standalone or series

Standalone

First time reading this author?

Yes

Why I picked this

The blurb reminded me of The Giver, a young person given a role in the community which sets them apart and which they use to try and open the eyes of the people around them.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers Rebellion Publishing and NetGalley UK for access to this as an advance reader’s ebook. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

Sadie inherits the role of The Liar from her mother. It’s a power to change reality and one which let’s her see the secrets behind what the people of Red Valley believe about their town.

Review

Fantastic world building delivers a wholly engrossing fantasy adventure which will appeal to fans of horror, magical realism, dystopian thrillers and more.

Sadie’s mum is the Liar. Within the borders of the town of Red Valley whatever lie she writes in her ledger instantly becomes true. Sadie knows what her mum is, but she doesn’t know she has cancer, not until the hospital calls to say Sadie’s mum has hours to live.

Now everyone seems to expect Sadie to be the new Liar, particularly the King of Red Valley – a being of immense power who lives under the town and grants protection to those who live within the borders from the monsters in the world.

In this epic adventure Sadie has to discover the power of a lie and keeping other people’s secrets.

I loved this book. There is some truly epic world building to create the context in which Sadie lives and how her powers work, but it never gets in the way of the plot. Sadie herself is a really engaging character and it’s easy to be on her side and cheer her on as she faces down demons and monsters and deals with traumatic revelations about her own life.

As far as I can tell this is intended to be a standalone and not part of a series, which is a shame. I’d love to read more about Sadie and her friends. While this is an entirely satisfying self-enclosed story I’d happily travel back to Red Valley anytime.

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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