By: Franny Billingsley

Published: 2011

# of pages: 368

Official Description:
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.

My opinion: The official description makes this book sound a lot weirder than it actually is. Yes, it is a fantasy with fantasy elements, but that's not what the story revolves around. There's a big mystery for the reader to follow with hints along the way. At first I didn't like Briony at all, but the more I read about her, the more I liked her. And Eldric is great!

The cover does not match the book at all. I'm guessing that's Briony on the cover, but that's not what she's supposed to look like. It doesn't match the author's description of her or her personality.

Why I gave this book 5/5 stars: Well written, great characters, unique, interesting twist to the story

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