Aífe marries Lir, a chieftain with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aífe turns them into swans for 900 years. Retold through the voice of Aífe, Savage Her Reply is unsettling and dark, feminist and fierce, giving voice to a woman from fairytale whose story has never before been told. Voiced in Sullivan’s trademark rich, lyrical prose as developed in Tangleweed and Brine – the multiple award-winner which established Sullivan as the queen of witchy YA.
Deirdre Sullivan is established as one of Ireland’s most distinctive YA voices. She has published eight titles with Little Island, enjoying notable success with Needlework and Tangleweed and Brine (winner, Irish Book Awards YA Book of the Year 2017; CBI Book of the Year 2018; Irish Times Reader’s Choice Award for YA 2017). In 2019 she published Perfectly Preventable Deaths (Hot Key).