Author: Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Description: Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting. Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.
Thoughts: To be perfectly honest I have always shied away from books that had historical settings. They never seemed to interest me. Having been a fan of Jennifer’s since her first book I was extremely interested to see what her next book was about. Then I read what it was about and learned about the setting and there was a part of me that was a little unsure. Like I said though I am a fan of Jennifer’s work so I thought why not give it a shot. I also haven’t read many stories lately that a witch was the main character, most of the time if a witch was involved it was a secondary character.
So, did I like the story even though it is set in 17th century Germany? I really did. With each book Jennifer puts out her ability grows to be able to captivate a reader not just with the main characters but the secondary characters AND THE SETTING. Being set in the 17th century it was during a time of hysteria it added to what the main character, Rune, was going through of learning and dealing with who she is.
There was also a point that my eyes went wide and I even held my breath for a moment. I thought I was about to be in for the biggest twist that I didn’t see coming. I will say it didn’t go that way. What actually happened was still a surprise and I am glad she didn’t go the way I thought was about to happen.
Jennifer did a wonderful job taking the reader along for the journey that Rune goes through to discover her complete set abilities and to perhaps find a way to accept them.