One cold November night in Extremadura in the sixth year of a terrible war, Alejandro de Yepes and his loyal lieutenant Jesús Rocamora discover intruders inside the cellars of the castillo. Leaving no footprints in the snow, a curious threesome has come seeking peace and friendship – and a glass or two of wine. Behind their cheerful exterior lies the gravest of missions: to save a dying world.
From the bestselling author of The Life of Elves and The Elegance of the Hedgehog comes this call to wonder: an enchanting, witty and timely meditation on the interconnectedness of peoples, of the human and natural worlds, and of the living and the dead.
The novel could be read as an allegory for the challenges that face our modern world, from the controversy surrounding our borders to climate change. Or, it may be seen as a strange and poetic fantasy similar to the work of Tolkien. In either case, it is a beautiful book about what it means to be brave and how we all must work to save ourselves and each other. San Francisco Book Review