Author Maggie Stiefvater's new stand-alone novel All The Crooked Saints was every bit as fantastic and as strange and as amazing as I anticipated it would be. It's a story filled with myth and mystery and kissing (isn't there always kissing in a Stiefvater book?), and it hooked me from the first page.
For decades, pilgrims have flocked to Bicho Raro, Colorado to see the saint of the Soria family, whom it is told can bring miracles to those in need. But such things come at a great cost to both parties. These so-called miracles only bring a pilgrim's own personal darkness to the surface, causing it to manifest in strange and, sometimes, frightening ways. It is then up to the pilgrim to learn how to vanquish this darkness. Until the day these people are whole once more, they reside at Bicho Raro.
The Soria family only has one rule: They must never, ever assist the pilgrims with their battles. Very Bad Things happen when they do. Even speaking to them could prove a fatal mistake. This is how it has always been.
Until Daniel, the current saint, falls in love with Marista, a pilgrim cursed to live beneath a perpetual raincloud.
Knowing he could bring doom upon his family, Daniel flees into the desert, his personal darkness in pursuit.
It is now up to Beatriz and Joaquin Soria to figure out a way to help Daniel before it's too late. Because maybe the Sorias have been going about this miracle business the wrong way.
If I say too much more, I will spoil the story. And there's no way I want to do that!
I WILL say that I definitely recommend this one! --AJB