Fed to Red Birds

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Prepare to be bewitched by Iceland and the book that has enchanted readers for decades - and imprisoned one of them.

Elva loves Iceland for many reasons - the epic landscape of gods and volcanos, the weather that's the polar opposite of her home in Australia, and the fact that it's where her mother might have gone back to when she disappeared. Iceland is where Elva's beloved grandfather - the famous children's book author - lives in a remote village and where the beings that haunt her imagination reside.

Elva is interested in the odd things people make - Victorian collectibles, old spells, taxidermy, fairytales. The weird, the wonderful and the sometimes macabre. She's got a few quirks of her own that she's (mainly) keeping under control. Except one.

Working in a shop of curiosities, studying at Icelandic language school, Elva begins to explore her obsessions, and when her grandfather suffers a stroke, they threaten to overtake her. Then she meets Remy, a painter who's got some secrets of his own ...

In her captivating debut, Rijn Collins has created a beautifully evocative portrait of an enchanted mind in an enchanting place - a story of everyday magic, both dark and light; of families and the shadows they can cast; of the delights and dangers of the imagination. Fed to Red Birds will transport you to remote corners of both the world and the human heart.