By Janice Clark
A gothic, literary experience set in New England, Janice Clark's haunting debut chronicles 100 years of a as soon as filthy rich and now crumbling whaling family members, informed via its final surviving member.
Mercy Rathbone, fifteen years previous, is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone extended family. Her father, the final within the beleaguered dynasty, has been misplaced at sea for seven years - ever because the final whale was once obvious off the coast of Naiwayonk, Connecticut. Mercy's thoughts of her father develop dimmer on a daily basis, and she or he spends such a lot of her time within the attic hideaway of her reclusive uncle Mordecai, who teaches her the secrets and techniques of Greek heritage and nautical navigation via his selection of specimens and moldering books. but if an odd, violent customer turns up one evening, Mercy and Mordecai are compelled to escape the crumbling mansion and set sail on a trip that would convey them deep into the haunted heritage of the Rathbone kinfolk, and the explanations for its undoing.
As Mercy and Mordecai sail from island to island off the Connecticut coast, encountering hazards and mysteries, neighbors and foes, they untangle the knots of the Rathbone tale, gaining knowledge of secrets and techniques lengthy encased in reminiscence. They research the heritage of the family's founder and patriarch, Moses Rathbone, and the mythical empire he outfitted of ships staffed with the sons of his many, many better halves. Sons who stumbled of their father's shadow, distracted via the arriving of the Stark sisters, a trio of "golden" ladies, whose enthralling attractiveness could have sparked the Rathbone's decline.
From the depths of the ocean to the lonely heights of the widow's stroll; from the knowledge of the worn Rathbone better halves to the mysterious origins of a sinking island, Mercy and Mordecai's trip will convey them to locations they by no means idea attainable. yet will they piece jointly a potential destiny from the error of the prior, or is the as soon as nice family's destiny doomed to check that of the whales themselves?
Inspired by way of The Odyssey in terms of Edgar Allan Poe and Moby Dick, The Rathbones is an bold, mythic, and brave travel de strength that marks the debut of a blinding new literary voice.