A mysterious young man has come to a small
Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon wins the admiration of the weaver's daughter, Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver, she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifying secret that threatens everything she loves. There is an evil presence in the carver's life that cannot be controlled, and Maddie watches her town fall under a shadow. One by one, people begin to die. Caught in the middle, Maddie must decide what matters most to her-and what price she is willing to pay to keep it.
Okay, I’m a sucker for all things Scottish, but this book goes beyond the setting and time (medieval) and grabs your attention. Although you can find out what the “evil presence” is by looking at the Amazon summary, I suggest you don’t and let the story unfold. It’s worth it.
The main character, Maddie is an extremely likeable girl. She’s not your standard snarky female teen character; instead she’s sincere, genuine, and clever. I’ve researched Scottish history (yes, for fun) and I think Dunkle does a great job of recreating a medieval Scottish village, all the prejudices, superstitions and fears that such a community would have held.
This isn’t one of those super hyped, new books, but I’m glad I picked it up. I’ll definitely check out the other books she’s written.