A wondrous journey through the realms of magic
They call him Lump. Ugly, misshapen -- more goblin than human
child -- abandoned as an infant and taken in by a witch, he is
nursed by a bear, tutored by a djinn; his only playmates are the
creatures of the forest, whose language he learns to speak.
But when Lump inevitably stumbles into the human world, his
innocence is no match for the depths of people's cruelty, which
turns his heart to stone, and fuels a vengeance that places him and
his witch mother in deadly peril. Yet these disasters also send
Lump on a journey of self-discovery, to realms deep within the
earth and far beyond mortal imagination.
In this stunning fantasy debut, Michael Gruber has created a
world that is at once deceptively familiar and stunningly original,
a world of cruelty, beauty, legend, truth, and above all, wonder.
Readers will delight in the author's ingenious retelling of classic
fairy tales and will marvel at the stunning new tale of a boy
raised by a witch, a cat, a bear, and a demon.