Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.
Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.
One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.
She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.
I was given this ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My goodness, this book was so good. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first about reading this book and whether I’d like it but I am definitely glad i gave it a chance. Once I started reading it, I was sucked into the story. Bethan was very religious and followed the way of her people without doubt. She was a good Romanian girl, but the chieftan’s son, Silas, just wouldn’t let her be. As the description above says, he rapes her. The story doesn’t just gloss over it or rush through it. It expresses what this tragic event did to her. She goes on a revenge path to save her friend that was attacked in trying to save her. Bethan is such a badass character. From the very beginning she is strong and tough and likable. I don’t want to give to much away, but this really was a good read.
Rating: 4/5 Stars