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Forest of Whispers (Hedge Witch) Paperback – September 9, 2014
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Gr 8 Up—Sixteen-year-old Rune has been raised since birth by Matilde, the crone who lives in the cottage just beyond the Hedge that separates the village from the foreboding Schwarzwald. Until now, the Black Forest has protected Rune from the terrible events of the past. But those long-ago secrets—whispers of magic, witchcraft, and murder—soon replace the safety and comfort of the forest with menace and evil. The teen begins to hear her dead mother, rumored to be a powerful witch, speaking to her. And those murmurs are urging Rune to wreak havoc on the village and the people who burned her mother at the stake. Laurentz is the son of the Electrorate. A chance meeting with the protagonist reveals dark secrets in his own family. Certain he has been bewitched, Laurentz is no longer sure whom to trust. Murgia's dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in. Lead and supporting characters are a bit flat and two-dimensional, but the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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I have always wanted a tattoo in Latin that read: "They condemn what they do not understand". It's a fact of life, as we have seen it in history with the Salem Witch Trials and the Holy Wars. In this story, that statement holds true.
Rune, which is a unique and cool name, is really going through it. Hearing voices, witnessing death and being accused of preposterous crimes can really wear on a girl. I'm very impressed that she didn't give into temptation and use her powers for evil-- power, in any form, corrupts. I love that she was realistic about things yet never gave up hope. All too often do I read about a character who is completely and utterly naive with stars in their eyes.
Laurentz is another story. While I admire his steadfast belief that Rune is a good person, I didn't like how he sort of gave her the cold shoulder after she helped him out with a certain "problem". I am glad, however, that they both worked together to discover the truth of everything.
I thought this was originally going to be a paranormal romance sort of book, but it turned out to have elements of mystery and suspense that made the story all the more better. Although this book is written like a stand-alone, I hope to see a book two in the near future-- my interest is very piqued as to what new journey Rune will embark on.
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