Orphaned Corinna disguises herself as a boy to pose as a Folk Keeper, one who keeps the Evil Folk at bay, and discovers her heritage as a seal maiden when she is taken to live with a wealthy family in their manor by the sea.
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: The Folk Keeper glows with colours abounds with lovely passages artfully plotted and melodically written." The New York Times Book Review "February 2 - Candlemas - It is a day of yellow fog, and the Folk are hungry. They ate the lamb I brought them, picking the bones clean and leaving them outside the Folk Door. Here in the cellar, I control the Folk. Here, I'm queen of the world." Corinna Stonewall is 15 years old and an orphan. She is also Rhysbridge Foundling Home's Folk Keeper - a difficult and dangerous job which consists of looking after and controlling 'the Folk' - spiteful, maverick, savage creatures who live in the cellar and will only be prevented from spoiling the milk, terrifying the livestock and other disruptions by gifts of cream, salt pork and other luxuries. But there are many questions about Corinna. Who are her parents? Why does her hair grow two inches a night? Why does she feel drawn to the sea and long for the sweet taste of fish? A compelling, magical and extremely powerful tale that combines high drama, thrilling danger with true romance.