When a fantastical being enters their lives, two siblings are granted sublime gifts and horrific curses.
Following a lightning storm, Andre and her brother Ben discover a winged girl cowering in their backyard shed. The millennials are thrilled by the appearance of a mythical being, but they are wary too, particularly when she warns them that a dangerous monster has followed her from “Elsewhere.”
The girl, (Shae) is desperate to return to a world she can now only scarcely recall. Exquisite and beguiling, Shae evokes a protectiveness on their part—especially when she grants them gifts of extraordinary new talent. Andre and Ben want to help her however they can.
But the siblings soon find out that these gifts carry ghastly side effects. Andre is enchanted by prophetic dreams, but they wither her grip on reality; Ben creates sublime music, but his health deteriorates. And then, to their horror, they discover that Shae must complete a terrible task before she can return home and that everyone they know and love is in danger. Andre and Ben must now figure out how to thwart a being they’ve grown to care for.
What they don’t realize is that Shae is changing—she’s beginning to develop a conscience, and an affinity for her human hosts. And as her time runs out, she must make a terrible choice before all their lives spiral into a grisly climax of cruel irony and heartbreaking sacrifice.
"Avoiding pure escapism, it rewards the reader with a journey into the marvelous and the magical. The fantasy that Pinter draws offers a commentary and perspective on the ordinary world we all now inhabit, a world infected with diseases of all kinds: ecological, cultural, spiritual."
- Terror House Magazine
"I am SHOOK after reading this novel. Though I'm not that familiar with faerie legend, I've read enough to know that any gift from the fae is likely to exact a terrible price (and oh, what a price Andre and Ben, the book's eponymous fragile keepers, ultimately pay!). Pinter takes this familiar trope and creates a wholly new tale that is equal parts beauty, pain, and horror. Reading it put me through an emotional wringer, almost as though I paid a tithe of my own, but I loved every minute of it."
- Amazon Review