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.
What to say about this book? Let's see--I loved the writing, and I loved Briony, and Eldric was a very fun character, too. I wasn't quite so fond of the setting, as I was really confused by the working of the swamp, the Old Ones that inhabit it, and how the magic there actually works. I like piecing things together as I go, but even after finishing I find myself wondering a bit what was going on. Anyhow, it was a fun read, and though the story lagged in places, the voice and writing definitely kept me going. There were a few times when I wanted to shake Briony and get her to wake up to the reality of her situation (which was pretty clear from the start), but I tried to just chill about it :) Overall, I fun read, a little different, and an interesting world!