The Mirk and Midnight Hour (Strands of Bronze and Gold, #2) by Jane Nickerson
Publication date: March 2014
I realize this is so very far away, but I have a good reason for featuring this novel!
In case you didn't know this about me, I've become a bit obsessed with the ballad of "Tam Lin." In fact, this past February I chose "Tam Lin" as my retelling of choice for Project: Fairy Tale and spent the whole month reading retellings and writing about how we should analyze and interpret the original ballad. I had a blast learning all about "Tam Lin" and now I feel compelled to read nearly every "Tam Lin" retelling out there.
Although I haven't had a chance to read Nickerson's Strands of Bronze and Gold (which is a "Bluebeard" retelling), I love how Nickerson not only retells a tale, but also puts the tale into a distinct historical time period. Although this is technically the second book in a series, my understanding is that it's more of a companion novel than a direct sequel, so I'll be okay if I don't manage to get to Strands of Bronze and Gold before this one releases.
What are you waiting on?