REVIEW: Lute by Jennifer Thorne

Lute is an understated masterpiece of folk horror by Jennifer Thorne, an exceptionally talented new voice in the genre. The small British island of Lute is both blessed and cursed. Its inhabitants experience lives filled with good health and free of tragedy, even during a time of war. But this good fortune requires sacrifice: every seventh year on the summer solstice, the island takes the lives of seven people. This cycle of seven years of peace and prosperity followed by a single day of sacrifice has occurred for centuries. As the aristocratic caretakers of the island, the Treadway family bears an especially large responsibility for maintaining this balance.