"Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love."—New York Times bestselling author Holly Black
Briony has a secret. It is a secret that killed her stepmother, ruined her sister's mind, and will end her life, if anyone were to know. She has powers. Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and a great mane of tawny hair. He is as natural as the sun, and he treats her as if she is extraordinary. And everything starts to change . . .
A National Book Award Finalist
★ “Exquisite to the final word.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “Both lushly sensual and shivery.”—School Library Journal, starred review
After too long of an absence, Billingsley (The Folk Keeper) returns with the quirky but rich tale of 17-year-old Briony, who is convinced that she's a witch. Not only is Briony responsible for her twin sister Rose's disabling fall from a swing years earlier, causing brain-damage, she also believes she caused her stepmother's death. The 20th century has arrived in backwater Swampsea, England, and with it such wonders as railroads, motorcars, and pumping stations to drain the bog. But the supernatural Old Ones are unhappy with technology and have sent a fever to punish the children of Swampsea, including Rose. Desperate to save her sister's life, Briony is torn between her painful belief in her own irredeemably evil nature and her attraction to handsome, newly arrived bad boy Eldric Clayborne. "How could I bear it, Eldric living with us, this non-child, this boy-man? I'd have to keep on my Briony mask.... I'd have to keep my tongue sharp and amusing. Already I was exhausted." Filled with eccentric characters self-hating Briony foremost and oddly beautiful language, this is a darkly beguiling fantasy. Ages 12 up.
-Briony is self-deprecating; not so much that she looks like shes trying to get attention, but she does it in a way thats seems perfectly reasonable. funny, even.
-detailed descriptions that don't weigh the book down
-i can't remember the rest since i've read this a few months ago. but i still remember it was awesome.
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Jane Eyre meets Harry Potter. I loved it!
Strange and Good
I read this book as a teenager and remember liking it so much and finding it really distinct from others in this genre. The prose is strange and the narrative style is very stream of consciousness that allows for little philosophical insights that added a lot to the thoughtfulness of the book. Maybe it just fit a lot of my preferences but having read it as an adult again this book holds up well. The love story is nice the main character is a multidimensional female and the plot twists are surprising and wrenching. Worth the quick read.