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.
This book was wonderful! This one will definitely find it’s place on my Favorite Reads page. Chime is an amazingly written tale that weaves a magical world and mystery throughout it. There are so many secrets to unlock in this story with some surprising turn of events. I did figure out a big discovery, but it didn’t make it any less enjoyable when the secret was revealed.
The writing was beautiful for this novel and the author is a painter with words! It was perfectly written to give you the feel of being in an old town back in the days of witch trials and magic. Briony’s voice is so rich and honest; she was a great main character. She is a very strong female and looks out for others she cares about, especially her sister Rose, who was also a great character and brought a lot of quirkiness to the story. As for Eldric, he was quite chivalrious and was so protective over Briony, you couldn’t help but like him. And Cecil was one of the characters that you like to hate.
The reader for this book was fantastic as well and probably the second best reader I’ve heard so far. Her English accent really made it feel like I was in way-back-when England and her voice changes were great for the different characters. There was no point that I felt she was flat or boring.
The language usage was very unique. There was a lot of purposeful repetition that made points more powerful or made things stand out better, and the descriptions were unlike a lot of what I’ve read, so it was new and great. The story itself was incredible! There was a lot to it that was powerful and beautiful and nerve-wrecking. I look forward to the author’s other works.
Great characters, awesome story, powerful, beautifully written, wonderfully witchy tale!