ARC provided by the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
This book was everything I want in a book about witches! The writing style is beautiful and atmospheric. Strange Grace captures the feeling of being inside a dark forest perfectly along side a corrupt village. This is the perfect fall read,
Three Graces is a small village, where no harm comes to the villagers. The people do not get sick, babies are born safe without complications and the crops prosper without wilting. The community is able to life without fear of the dangers out the outside world.All of this comes at a price, the devil lives in the forest, every seven years the people of Three Graces must send into the forest, there best boy as a sacrifice.
A long time ago, there lived three witches all named grace, the youngest sister had gone into the forest and fell in love with the devil. She chose to give him her heart, making the bargain that now keeps the village safe.This year something has gone wrong with the bargain, it’s only been three years since the last boy ran in the forest. The people have come together and realized they will have to make the sacrifice early in order to keep the bargain with the devil.
This book follows three main characters. Mairwen, is the daughter of the current Grace witch. She was such a wonderful character, she is fierce,loyal, brave and loving. I loved her so much, she is a beautiful character and I really wished I could be her. Rhun,he is a black boy who is to be the next suspected saint. He is a wonderful person,kind and caring. Lastly there is Arthur, he was raised as a girl until he was old enough that the other children noticed he was different. His mother couldn’t bear the thought of him being a saint and when he was discovered a boy she left the village.He feels the need to prove to the people that he is the best boy.
The most wonderful thing about these three character’s is there relationship with each other. I have never read a YA book with a polyamorous relationship and it was so well done. The representation was fantastic! These three love each other so deeply. Another character that I just adored was Mairwen best friend Haf, she is just the sweetest thing.
What I couldn’t get enough of was the prose, especially descriptions of the forest and the creatures within it.T he writing is so beautiful, and poetic while creating a haunting, dream like mood, following the dark events of the book.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I was completely blown away. This was a great story about love and friendship. I highly recommend this book ,I gave it 5 Stars. Strange Grace release date is September 18, 2018.