Oh my stars. (Yes, I’ve been saying that a lot, lately. But you guys, I have been reading some seriously brilliant authors these last few months! Rebecca Kightlinger being chief among them.)
I first became familiar with Ms. Kightlinger’s work when I dove headfirst into her novel, Megge of Bury Down, book one in “The Bury Down Chronicles.” What I found there was a delightfully created world of magic, healers, seers, herbs, weaving, ancient ways and a colorful cast of characters. I adored the young Megge, and loved the women in her life, walking the hilly paths with her as she came into her own. And when the book ended (and I had eaten all of the chocolate in my entire house), I began counting the days and months until her story could continue.
Enter The Lady of the Cliffs. (Also enter my squeals at pitches that only dogs can hear.)
The plot picks up right where the first book left off, with Megge and her cousin Brighida coming to terms with another loss and an unknown future. And once again, the author transports us into Megge’s world, with challenges, foes and friends, both new and old. Getting to see Brighida and Megge again was like meeting up at the coffee shop with dear friends after a long absence. Megge’s determination, bravery and curiosity; Brighida’s stoicism, quiet nature and wise heart. It was too fun to journey with them once again, to be with them as they explored their gifts, and to be on the sidelines cheering them on. (And again, eating all of the chocolate in my house.) (Have you ever read an author that can blend a beautiful story line with moments that make you forget to breathe? Chocolate helps.) Rebecca Kightlinger creates characters that are raw, human and ethereal, living their lives in a world that is remarkably fantastical and authentic.
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