Book Review – Chime by Franny Billingsley

From the book jacket – “17-year-old Briony Larkin has a secret.  She believes her secret killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister’s mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea.  She yearns to be rid of her terrible secret, but risks being hanged if she tells a soul.  That’s what happens to witches: They’re hanged by the neck until dead.

Then Eldric arrives–Eldric with his golden mane and lion eyes and electric energy–and he refuses to believe anything dark about Briony.  But he wonders what’s been buried beneath her self-hatred, hidden in Rose’s deepest thoughts, and whispered about by the Old Ones.  And Briony wonders how Eldric can make her want to cry…especially when everyone knows that witches can’t cry.  A wild, haunting mystery and romance that is as beautifully written as it is captivating.”

From Booklist – “…Exploring the powers of guilt and redemption, Billingsley (The Folk Keeper, 1999) has crafted a dark, chilling yet stunning world. Briony’s many mysteries and occasional sardonic wit make her a force to be reckoned with. Exquisite to the final word.–Leeper, Angela Copyright 2010 Booklist”

From me – A poetic and atmospheric tale set in backwater Britain.  The language creates an atmosphere that doesn’t leave when the book is over.  On my list of potential Mock Printz titles.