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Fairy Tale | Feathertide | Beth Cartwright

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We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about Feathertide by Beth Cartwright on tour today.

Book cover for Feathertide by Beth Cartwright

Feathertide by Beth Cartwright is published by Del Ray and available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.

A girl. A secret. A life-changing journey.

Born covered in the feathers of a bird, and kept hidden in a crumbling house full of secrets, Marea has always known she was different, but never known why. And so to find answers, she goes in search of the father she has never met.

The hunt leads her to the City of Murmurs, a place of mermaids and mystery, where jars of swirling mist are carried through the streets by the broken-hearted.

And Marea will never forget what she learns there.


This book was nothing like anything I have ever read before, as I don’t generally go for fantasy or magical genres. However, I’m so happy that I chose to leave my comfort zone and read ‘Featherlands’ as I absolutely loved it.

The story is about a girl named Maréa, born with feathers on her back and brought up in a brothel by her mother. She is hidden away in the cellar as her mother is worried about what Maréa will endure in the outside world because of her feathers. Once a year she is allowed out, and one year she wishes to visit the City of Murmurs to try and uncover the mystery of who her father is. Her mother grants her this wish and we follow along with Maréa’s journey of discovery in this fantastical city. Along the way we meet interesting and mysterious characters – Sybel being my favourite! Each character teaches Maréa something about herself and about life and we see her grow and flourish.

The prose is extraordinarily evocative. The imagery, stunning. The story itself is simple but beautiful. The entire book is a wonderful piece of escapism and I loved being transported into that magical world. I really didn’t want the story to end as I wanted to stay in that world a little longer! 

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Beth Cartwright has taught English in Greece and travelled around South East Asia and South America, where she worked at an animal sanctuary. A love of language and the imaginary led her to study English Literature and Linguistics at university, and she now lives on the edge of the Peak District with her family and two cats. Feathertide is her debut novel.
Twitter and Instagram: @bethcartwriter


I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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