Sunday, June 21, 2009
The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb
Calder is a Fetch - a soul who guides the dead into heaven. Although he lived only 19 years on Earth he has been working as a Fetch for several hundred years. Fetches live by their vows and seldom see anyone other than the newly dead they are escorting who don't remember them once they have passed into heaven and Calder has been feeling lonely. At one death scene he is drawn to a woman crying over a baby. Calder feels certain that he is meant to reach out to this woman and make her into his squire, especially when he ends up at another death scene where she is present. Calder decides to forsake his vows and contact this woman so when he next is summoned he convinces that soul to put off his time in heaven for a time and let Calder use his body on Earth. But Calder's decision disrupts life on Earth and heaven and makes him responsible for two children who are in grave danger. He must make everything right again to save both worlds and win his own chance to enter heaven.