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.
First off, I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for sending me an advanced review copy of this book. I was a bit hesitant before opening it up. I’ve never been a big fan of historical books but have learned in the past never to judge a book by its genre. So with an open mind, I got started. Right off the bat, a scene is set in my head with a map depicting Bavaria in 1627, with the important landmarks noted. Just prior to the first page a pronunciation guide is listed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said a word in my head that I know I’m saying wrong. It trips me up, makes me stop reading to try and figure out the correct way. So thank you, Jennifer, for making it easy for me! From the very first page my attention was grabbed and nothing was going to make me put the book down (except for sleep so I could function at work). Murgia brought her characters to life by the brilliant imagery she evoked. Rune is a young woman learning about her past and how she is connected to witchcraft. The tragedies she endures bring her closer to the truth and myself close to tears. You know it’s a great read when you can connect emotionally to the story. I can’t wait until the next in the series is available, I’m sure to be the first one to feed their one-click addiction!
These are who Jennifer would pick to play Rune and Laurentz.
Lucy Hale Henry Cavill
About the author:
Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative -- and it's from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 -- Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.