As a “fantasy” novel, this is relatively spare and quite subtle. This novel reminds me a lot of books like Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, which traces a post-Arthurian England veiled in a kind of mist like memory erasure, as well as the recent Max Porter book Lanny, which traces a boy’s disappearance in a small town north of London, while also tracking a local monster (who may or may not exist). This book is also a lot like the kind of rural idyllic novels of the 1800s and sentimental versions in the 1920s and 30s ala Thomas Hardy, Emily Bronte, and George Eliot.
So, a family, headed up in the narrative by a young boy, moves to the countryside called Ormeshadow, which lies in the shadow of a buried sleeping dragon. This presence is a looming one across the novel while the boy does mostly boy stuff in the country.
So like I said, it’s a quite subtle novel and is interesting and curious in those ways. It was labeled as horror by my library and fantasy by the other county, and it’s not quite either, but kind of both. I found it light in style and execution. I can also say I guess it didn’t have a giant impression on my, but it was charming and a little sentimental, but solid. I read it during my SSR periods in my classroom while my students read, so it was a good choice for a book to read while kids are pretending to read.