***** The Things My Mother Left Me by P. Djéli Clark
Super-excellent fantasy adventure with a wholly real-feeling, complex background.
Recently orphaned, young Tausi is afflicted with a surfeit of aunts who want to marry her off (or otherwise get her out of the way) and get their hands on her father’s property. Tausi isn’t emotionally attached to the house her father built for her deceased mother, but she doesn’t have any interest in any of the futures her aunts might have planned for her, either.
Running away seems to be the order of the day, and when a circus comes to town, her course of action seems logical…
But this circus isn’t all fun and games, and its ringmaster may not be quite trustworthy. Luckily, there’s a magical inheritance ready to come into play.
This was great, and I cannot wait for more (hopefully forthcoming!) adventures featuring Tausi!
The author wrote a blog essay about this story here: