- File Size: 916 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Lotus Brand Press (March 31, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004USP9P4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A secondary plot concerns a young noblewoman named Adele, recently orphaned and promised in marriage to a repulsive man. Raised in a society where women may not speak for themselves or even show their faces to men, Adele is torn from her sheltered upbringing and thrust into a cruel world where everyone she loves is ripped away from her in unimaginably horrible ways. Her sudden awakening to maturity and bravery is believably drawn and complex; her piety and spiritual devotion are unusually vivid and beautiful.
Now, make no bones about it: this is a dark, dark fantasy. Children are tortured, sexually abused, and murdered, though most of the darkest violence is hinted at off-screen.Read more ›
The same is true of the world the story is set in: Based on Norman and Anglo-Saxon culture after the Norman conquest of England (about which the author clearly knows a great deal), it has to offer many original and fascinating details, from the descriptions of society, religion and everyday life over very convincing elves (who aren't the run-of-the-mill sort you might find in any fantasy setting!)right down to eldritch horrors, for make no mistake: This is a dark story that does not shy away from depicting evil, violence and suffering. However, the supernatural aspects aren't the most terrifying by far: While the magical dangers the heroes face feel believable and relevant, it is far more painful to read about the mundane everyday harm human beings do unto others (be it men oppressing women, adults mistreating children, or just superstitious people turning against those who seem "different" and therefore threatening). There is much truth in Beecroft's observations of human behaviour, and so, her story does not only feel authentically medieval, but authentic, full stop.Read more ›
This was my first book by Alex Beecroft and I did enjoy it when I read it the first time, so much that I bought almost every book she wrote ever since :).
Do not get me wrong, I do agree that this IS well written fantasy, but the reason why I am giving it the three stars instead of five is because I was unpleasantly surprised as to how very preachy the story felt to me in its religious angle.
Basically the message I got from the story is that Pagans are terrible and Christians are awesome and Witches need to be saved by Christians. I am not a Pagan and I am not a Christian, but as much as I love when book plays with the religious themes in the interesting ways, this is the angle I do not care for. This is obviously just my interpretation of the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It wasn't exactly a spectacular fantasy piece. I thought the author threw in too many entities . The pagan
gods were replaced by the one true god and his band of angels. Read more
This book is an interesting fantasy set in what appears to be a fairly standard fayre faux medieval land with magic and elves. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Sir Furboy
How unexpected this novel is! How... alien it is, for fantasy! The elves feel fresh and strange. The tensions between the populations in the fantasy realm are distinct and deep. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by M. Hogarth