Title: Megge of Bury Down
Author: Rebecca Kightlinger
Paperback Pages: 292 Pages
Publishing Company: Zumaya Arcane
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Medievalism, British Literature
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37864841-megge-of-bury-down
When six-year-old Megge first touches the ancient Book of Seasons, a mysterious voice accuses her of an ugly crime. Although the book is her legacy, she refuses to touch it again. If she does, she is certain she will be the death of those she loves.
But seven years later, events conspire to force her to once again to accept her responsibility. If she refuses to take up the task, who will ensure the Book’s ancient wisdom survives, safe from the hands of those who would use it for evil?
This was an amazing book. It’s full of strong female characters. It focuses on strong family bonds and about understanding that becoming who you were meant to be might make you an outsider.
It was an easy read. I finished it about 4 days. The novel is full of wonderful language that really engages you as a reader.
Rating: 3.75/5 Stars
Megge is our protagonist. She is young girl who is quite naive about the world around her. As she learns more about her society, we learn with her. She is unreliable and quite innocent but as the story progresses she grows into a strong female character.
There are quite a few strong female characters that surround Megge. They each have distinct personalities and they each help Megge in different way. They each will give Megge different advice on the same thing, and Megge must understand and process the situation before making a decision.
The story starts in 372 CE and then it jumps to 1275. I admit I was a little confused about that big of time jump. But after re-orienting, I was able to follow the story. There is a lot of mythology throughout the novel. Whenever I didn’t understand the myths, I just looked it up. It didn’t bog down the book, the addition of the myths added more character and made the story richer.
The novel shadows Megge’s life in Cornwall during the 1200’s. It shows this world through the eyes of Megge, which makes the novel more relatable.
The plot at times was a little complicated. There is a lot of things happening like the fearfulness of the villagers because they fear what they don’t understand, the mysterious society of healers, and Megge’s inexperience with everything in life along with some mythology thrown in.
This novel is very much about self-acceptance. Megge has to understand the balance between what she wants to do and what she is expected to do. This very relatable, as I am from a tradition South Indian family but lived my whole life in America, there is definitely clash of cultures happening.
The writing style was absolutely beautiful. She uses very descriptive language, which reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. I have not read book with such stunning language in a long time. Here is just a small example, “I could read both fear and resolve in the muscles bunched in the corners of her jaw.”
The writing has a slower pace but that made the location and characters more mystical.
Rating: 3.75/5 Stars
This novel was a very enjoyable read. The only reason I couldn’t give this book 4 stars was the mild confusion with everything happening in the book, the multiple plot lines as well as the mythology. But after slowing down my reading, I was able to follow the novel and it was quite good. I really want to continue reading the rest of this series.
Another source that really helped me follow the plot a little better was https://www.burydownchronicles.com. It helped with the character names as well as their relationships to other characters. It also provided a map, which makes life a lot easier.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially people who like historical fiction and beautiful language.
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*Thank you, Smith Publicity and Zumaya Arcane for providing me with a physical copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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