This is one of the most lushly imagined books I’ve read in a long time, and it also happens to be one of the best love stories I've read in awhile as well. It’s about a tortured young woman named Briony who is convinced that she is a witch, and that she was somehow responsible for her stepmother’s untimely death. The language is an incredible blend of old-world English and modern-day poetry.
Romantic, mysterious, and wildly inventive. I adored every gorgeous word. -Nancy Werlin, author of "Impossible and Extraordinary" Briony has a secret. She believes her secret killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister's mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea. She yearns to be rid of her terrible secret, but risks being hanged if she tells a soul. That's what happens to witches: They re hanged by the neck until dead. Then Eldric arrives Eldric with his golden mane and lion eyes and electric energy and he refuses to believe anything dark about Briony. But he wonders what's been buried beneath her self-hatred, hidden in Rose's mangled thoughts, and whispered about by the Old Ones. And Briony wonders how Eldric can make her want to cry. Especially when everyone knows that witches can t cry. A wild, haunting mystery and romance that is as beautifully written as it is captivating.
About the Author
Franny Billingsley is the award-winning author of three previous books, including "The Folk Keeper," which received the "Boston Globe Horn Book" Award for fiction. A graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Law, Franny left the practice of law twenty-five years ago to write full-time and has never once looked back. Visit her website at www.frannybillingsley.com."