What a delight this book was!
When a young wild girl falls in love with the heir to the local castle; William, love blossoms. Despite the passion and besotted nature of William, her folk warn her of the dangers of being with someone like him, they believe it will not end well.
And then one day, William gives her the worst possible gift, he gives her a name… and from that day forth, she is trapped, unable to escape into the wild and into animals. Given her love for William, she accepts the gift, knowing that he is worth the sacrifice.
Except things don’t go to plan.
She needs to become nameless again, she needs to be set free.
This was such a powerful story of love and revenge, with a writing style that came across as mature and wise, provoking me to have a thoughtful perspective whilst I read the book.
When I originally started it, I regretted not reading this around halloween, as it’s probably my favourite time of year to read about folklore – when it touches on mythical aspects such as morphing into animals and witchery. By the end of the book, I had changed my mind, this book is perfect no matter what time of the year.
At just under 200 pages, it’s a short read and easy to devour in one sitting, particularly as the book flowed so well!
Sometimes I think we forget how much wisdom we can gain from what we see as a single event, this book showed how a young woman can become wise beyond her years (albeit in the book, it’s both emotionally and physically) when the heart is damaged by love.
Give it a go, and see what wisdom you gleam from it!
Thanks Ben over at Orion for giving me a copy, the hardback is absolutely stunning!
Until next time, Chloé x