Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chime

Briony has no feelings, no heart because she is a witch. She tells us from the first page that she deserves to hang because she is guilty. From there the story unfolds with a horrible beauty as she tramps through the soggy earth of Swampsea. Her stoic nature is tested again and again by her child-like sister Rose and a lion-like youth Eldric. Briony wants to save her sister from the swamp cough and to do so must confront the swamp and the Old Ones who dwell there. Chime by Franny Billingsley slowly unwinds with all the tension of a horror story and the heartache of a love story.

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