Cast your eyes to the summit, child, to Bury Down, once a hillfort of rock and timber, now but a low stone crown set crooked upon a great green head. Can you see the last of the setting sun, blood-red upon that granite ring? Your aunts will have made ready. Tell me, Megge, are you very brave?
Megge's story begins
Cornwall, 1275 CE On a sheep farm in the shadow of Bury Down grove, known for a thousand years as the Land of the Second Sight, a healer vows to face flames rather than fail in her one charge in this life: to bring her daughter to accept a powerful ancient book and vow to become her apprentice and follow the path of protector.
But when Megge touches The Book of Seasons, it burns her fingers and she hears a whisper. “Murderer.” Terrified, she rejects the book and renounces her birthright.
How far will Megge’s mother and aunt, the Healer and Seer of Bury Down, assisted by two great-aunts ~ Aleydis, a huntress; and Morwen, a bard and Megge’s dearest confidante ~ go to bring young Megge to accept her destiny?
And to what lengths will Megge go to elude it?
"If you like slow-build classic fantasy, this is for you." Suanne Schafer, Reviewer
Megge is a protagonist easy to fall in love with, to root for, to worry about, and when dark forces enter her world, Kightlinger’s storytelling abilities shine.
shot through with dramatic tension that is certain to keep readers turning the pages, It's a full, satisfying novel that will, at the end, leave you hungry for the next installment." David Anthony Durham, author of Pride of Carthage and the Acacia trilogy