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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franny Billingsley Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307915207
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“Romantic, mysterious, and wildly inventive. I adored every gorgeous word.”-Nancy Werlin, author of Impossible and Extraordinary
 
Briony 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 mangled 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part mystery, part fantasy, this beautifully-written page turner explores guilt, mercy, and love.”

    Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Tithe and Ironside

  • “Exquisite to the final word.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The magnificently dark romantic setting and lovely, lyrical language and imagery enhance a novel that is both lushly sensual and shivery.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Billingsley takes the time to develop a layered narrative adorned with linguistic filigree—she is one of the great prose stylists of the field.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Teens
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • A 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • A 2011 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2012 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/24/2014

    " I can't say I really liked it but...was drawn in. Written in the first person Billingsley's prose is almost poetic. A strange dark exploration of the tug of the "old ways" on nature, spirits, love in a time when these ideas were threatened by "progress". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/17/2014

    " Usually not the type of book I like, but Briney is a great, funny spunky character. Just the right mix of mystery, humor and romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jahnelle | 1/14/2014

    " I liked it but wanted less beginning and middle and more end. Read my full review here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mollie | 1/14/2014

    " This book was a refreshing change from the average young adult paranormal genre. What sets this book above others is the writing which is rich in vocabulary and thoughtful in its articulation. Nominated for the National Book Award, it presents an intriguing premise and an unforgettable heroine. The protagonist's evolution of self perception was especially interesting to read about. I would recommend this book to adults and teens alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 1/12/2014

    " This one requires a bit more than the normal fantasy. Beginning with the statement by the narrator-protagonist that she deserves to die, the novel poses several mysteries that unroll slowly and skillfully along with the romance the novel tells; consequently, readers have to exercise patience as they figure out exactly what is going on and who is the real villain. The novel contains some fairly sensual scenes on the level of the first Twilight novel, maybe even a little less explicit. The fantasy world is consistent, the plotting and characterization will draw in the reader for an engaging fantasy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 12/20/2013

    " I thought that this book was okay...like I did enjoy the read, but I don't love it. This novel was somewhat of a slow read...the pace was very consistent, it didn't rush nor did it slow down any time. I did love the characters and the plot was very enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meggen | 12/12/2013

    " I could not get into this book and am choosing not to finish it. The style of writing intrigued me and the story line was one I wanted to like. But, there were several things in the beginning chapters that were highly offensive to me and I choose not to continue reading it. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/2/2013

    " Took awhile to get into. I had to give it awhile, but I ended up liking it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Smilies | 11/16/2013

    " ok really, i started...and then i stopped reading because that book was really boring as heck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lokien | 9/23/2013

    " I wonderful narrative voice. This book real captures the good and bad we allow in our own heads. beautifully written, a little confusing on Myth or real life but enjoyable to the last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Noelle | 9/10/2013

    " damned amazing. so worth the read! worth owning as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Val | 5/13/2013

    " I have no clue what the author was trying to convey with this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan McGilvray | 1/8/2012

    " I LOVED this book! It has everything you could want as a reader; suspense, humor, charming characters, magic, etc. FABULOUS! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 8/26/2011

    " I had a really hard time getting into it. It is not like that pic shows; it is during the hanging of witches time. The way the story starts is confusing, but then about 3/4 through I could not put it down b/c it finally all came together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janae's Book Obsession | 8/11/2011

    " Amazing.. so beautifully and poetically written. Loved every moment of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Lillian | 8/10/2011

    " Sometimes the inner dialogue became a bit much, but overall, left me feeling warm and satisfied as only a good story can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Olsen | 7/27/2011

    " Dark, for sure, but has some really beautiful writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 5/11/2011

    " I wanted to love this. I'm a fan of Billingsley, and the premise is awesome, but every time I tried to read this I fell asleep. Maybe it's the unreliability of Briony's narration? Do I need more straightforward information? Giving up after 75 pages.

    Also, I can't stand the cover. "

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About the Author
Author Franny Billingsley

Franny Billingsley is the author of two award-winning children’s fantasy novels, Well Wished and The Folk Keeper, as well as the novel Chime and the picture book Big Bad Bunny.

About the Narrator

Susan Duerden is a critically acclaimed audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.