Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and her words and actions are infused with the commensurate power — She’s just not fully aware of it yet.
Kontis manages to weave in elements of nearly every fairy tale of European origin into the structure of this novel. If you are familiar with the tales, you will get a kick out of spotting them just as they’re hurtling towards you. If you don’t know the fairy tales, you can still enjoy the magic and craziness. Occasionally, it does seem like way too much is happening all at once; how much magic and tumult and devastating sorrow and unexpected redemption can one family take? (That’s how Sunday feels, too!)
At its heart, this is a love story (or, a few love stories). That’s not especially my thing. However, even if you are, this is a pretty satisfying against-all-odds-love-will-prevail sort of story.