Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe

Into the Wild

Read Wisp of a Thing Online Free - Alex Bledsoe’s The Hum and the Shiver was named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews. Now with Wisp of a Thing Bledsoe returns to the isolated ridges and hollows of the Smoky Mountains to spin an equally enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills….

Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart. All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the internet: they are an enigmatic clan of swarthy, black-haired mountain people whose historical roots are lost in myth and controversy. Some people say that when the first white settlers came to the Appalachians centuries ago, they found the Tufa already there. Others hint that Tufa blood brings special gifts.

Rob finds both music and mystery in the mountains. Close-lipped locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a subtle power struggle he can’t begin to comprehend. A vacationing wife goes missing, raising suspicions of foul play, and a strange feral girl runs wild in the woods, howling in the night like a lost spirit.

Change is coming to Cloud County, and only the night wind knows what part Rob will play when the last leaf falls from the Widow’s Tree…and a timeless curse must be broken at last.


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Title : Wisp of a Thing
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ISBN : 0765334135
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 349 pages


Reviews


Tiara rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2015

More reviews @ The BiblioSanctum Rob Quillen is a musician known for being one of the final contestants on a reality show called So You Think You Can Sing? Despite that, Rob really isn’t one of those fifteen minute famer types and really loves music. After the tragic death of his girlfriend in a p...


Susanne rated it ★★★★★

March 19, 2017

Ahhh. . . a real treat of a read and a worthy follow-up to his 2011 book "The Hum and the Shiver." This man can't write fast enough to please me: I want MORE about his fantastical 'Tufa' people in the the Tennessee mountains. This is clever, creative world-making for those who like their fantasy...


Deborah rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2013

This book is a treasure; a feast for mind and heart and soul. Vibrant, lyrical, and filled with the beauty of music and the wildness of the mountains--as well as the harsh realities of living amid a strange people who are both more and less than human. It is the ultimate modern fairy tale. Its sp...


Dana rated it ★★★☆☆

July 30, 2015

I enjoyed this outing into the present-day world of the Appalachian Fae. Singer-songwriter Rob travels to Needsville (love the name), Tennessee, looking for a song that will sing away his grief at the loss of his girlfriend. Guy that told him about the song was wearing sequins but they were backs...


Amy rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2016

Music, magic, broken hearts -- the thing country music is made of. In this case, though, it is to cope with one, that makes singer/songwriter Rob Quillen head to Cloud County. He was a contestant on a talent search TV show, who very publicly, very tragically, experienced the death of his sweethea...


Jane rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2015

Casually picked up at the "new books" section at the library. Enthralling story and fascinating characters. A bluegrass musician, Rob, grief-stricken after the death of his girlfriend, is told by another musician to go to a certain town in Tennessee in the Smokies and to search for a particular s...


Albert rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2013

The Tufa, first brought to us in Alex Bledsoe's terrific novel The Hum And The Shiver, are back in Wisp Of A Thing. Legend says that when the first white men made it to the Smoky Mountains the Tufa were already there. When the first tribes of nomads crossed from Asia into the Americans to become...


Bonnie rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 2013

Sometimes it is a good choice to read outside your comfort zone. I usually don't read Science Fiction, Horror, or Fantasy, but I often select books from the New Books section. Wisp of a Thing caught my eye and then it caught my imagination. I started reading and discovered the setting was a small...


Jacqie rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2017

This rural contemporary fantasy series has a unique feel. Alex Bledsoe has a talent for setting and character. And he also gives his books a very Southern feel- I don't know much about country or bluegrass music, but it's an important part of his books. I can hear each characters' accent and see...


Donna rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2017

Grieving musician Rob Quillen goes to an Apalachian Tufa community in search of a song that will heal his broken heart. Good thing: The politics and interplay of Tufa society are fascinating. I like that the previous book's main character had a cameo here. Bad thing: The 'romance' made me cringe a...





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