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New Treasures: Bell Weather by Dennis Mahoney

Monday, August 29th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

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Dennis Mahoney’s previous novel was Fellow Mortals (2013), the tale of a small community struggling to recover from a fire. Bell Weather is a significant departure, an adventure fantasy set in a strange world not quite our own, where a mysterious young woman, rescued from a flooded river, is brought to an isolated settlement where dark forces terrorize the surrounding woods. Katherine Dunn (Geek Love) says, “The time is far off, the place is charming strange, and this is rollicking, jaw-clenching adventure.” And Kirkus Reviews gives it a rave, saying:

A young woman’s past catches up with her in a magic, recently colonized new world in this historical fantasy… The real strength of this novel is its stunning worldbuilding, which merges the aesthetic of the Colonial Americas with Márquez-style magical realism.

This one sounds hard to qualify… but if you enjoy historical fantasy, magic realism, or adventure fantasy, Bell Weather definitely sounds worth a shot.

Bell Weather was published by St. Martin’s Griffin on August 9, 2016. It is 384 pages, priced at $15.99 in trade paperback, or $9.99 for the digital version. The cover was designed by Willco (click the images above for bigger versions).


  1. “An isolated settlement where dark forces terrorize the surrounding woods.”

    That part, and that part alone, sounds like a description of “The Village,” which we’ve discussed before and determined that—critics be damned—you and I both loved it. (Well, I loved it, you at least liked it.) So for this book, I’m in!

    Comment by Allen Snyder - August 30, 2016 8:06 am

  2. Excellent! And yes, I did love it.

    Let me know what you think of this one!

    Comment by John ONeill - August 30, 2016 11:20 am

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