Published by Dial Books on March 17th 2011
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.
I had heard a ton of buzz about this book from both librarians and bloggers alike. It wasn't until I found an audio copy at the library that I started to read this one and I found a lot of excuses to play an audiobook once I started.
Briony's character is so unique. From the beginning, her voice takes the storyline and brings forward so many questions that you have to keep reading. The past and the present play a huge role in this story and the way it was narrated was brilliant. The storyline takes you to a path of mythical creatures, dealing with a sister who is not all there, and a love that Briony cannot help but deny because how can a witch have real feelings?
The book transports you to a different place, a place you won't want to leave, no matter how twisted and dark some of the areas may be. This book really blew me away with the fantastic characters, and dark and twisty plot. I also loved the narrator of this book, her voice definitely matched Briony's personality.