Monday, June 6, 2011
By These Ten Bones Review
There's hidden places all over this land-old, old places. Places with a chain for them to chain up the wolf when it's time.
A bone-chilling tale of werewolves and love, set in medieval Scotland
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.
This book hooked me from the start. It reminded me of a fairy tale I read when I was much younger. The feel was not as modern as most of the teen werewolf books you see on the market today, but a slightly more refined story. Quite frankly, it was excellent.
As Maddie watches her town torn apart by death and supernatural happenings, she must figure out how to save the boy she has come to love. When the woman she serves in the castle is thrown in the hole and rumblings erupt as to whether she might be a witch, Maddie knows she has to try to save her. But how can she save the boy that she loves and Lady Mary? You will have to check out the book to find out. I was so glad to receive it from the publisher! What a great read.
I recommend this book for the storyline, plot and original handling of the werewolf dilemma. Dunkle does a great job of capturing an old world story feel. It is a keeper. If you like a good werewolf story with a witch hunt thrown in, you will really enjoy By These Ten Bones. I am anxious to read other books by this author.
To check out some great photos of Maddie's world, check out Clare Dunkle's website:
Lady Mary's Castle