After years of sexual abuse and an abortion caused by her father, Liga is tired and always afraid. When she conceives another baby, her father dies, leaving her in peace. However, some of the village boys track her down after the birth of her child, and attempt to rape her. At this point, she runs to the mountains to commit suicide. But, she is interrupted by a celestial being, who makes a deal with her. Liga carries out the terms, and awakens in her own heaven. Things go well for a while, and she has another child, but even the gates of heaven cannot keep out the evils of earth. In the fight to save her children, Liga must give all of herself to battling enraged bears and magicked men, lest all she loves be lost.
I did not particularly care for this book. Though it had a good storyline, Ms. Lanagan did not particularly keep my interest throughout the writing. Also, I felt that the reader was not given enough background information about the characters.This caused me to often become confused with what was going on. However, I did like the way Liga acted throughout the book; it is rare that we see a female super hero of sorts infairy tales like this. Overall, I thought that the book was mostly dull, although it did have some good parts. I don't believe that I would recommend it to anyone that I know, as,like I said, it is not an attention grabber.