The Shapeshifters (Paperback)

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The Shapeshifters (Paperback)


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"A fantastic novel in every sense of the word…about the existence of trolls and other mythical creatures in the Nordic forests . . ."—Karl Ove Knausgard

Summer 1978.

A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims he was carried away by a giant.

He is never found.

Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there’s a lead, a single photograph taken by Susso Myrén. She’s devoted her life to the search for trolls, legendary giants known as stallo, who can control human thoughts and assume animal form. Convinced that the trolls are real, she follows the trail of missing children to northern Sweden.

But humans, some part stallo themselves, have been watching over the creatures for generations, and this hidden society of protectors won’t hesitate to close its deadly ranks.

Mixing folklore and history, suspense and the supernatural, The Shapeshifters is an extraordinary journey into a frozen land where myth bleeds into reality.

STEFAN SPJUT has worked as a literary critic for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and the culture editor for Norbottens-Kuriren. Stallo is his second novel, the first to be available in English.

Product Details ISBN: 9780544084087
ISBN-10: 054408408X
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Pages: 592
Language: English

An On-the-Watch-for Summer Read from the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch   "A fun, cunning crime thriller...If you enjoy the novels of Michael Koryta or Tana French's The Secret might eat up The Shapeshifters."  —Chicago Tribune   “A fantastic novel in every sense of the word…not only because Spjut has accomplished the masterstroke of writing convincingly about the existence of trolls and other mythical creatures in the Nordic forests, but also because all this unfolds in a language that captures the everyday reality we know so well, with such precision and exquisite style that the words seem to sparkle on the page.”  —Karl Ove Knausgård   “Spjut turns Scandinavian mythology upside down in a shades-of-gray world built for lovers of fantastical suspense.”  —Publishers Weekly   "This spooky novel is great for open-minded mystery/thriller readers who enjoy a bit of genre blending as well as fantasy fans."  —Library Journal