In thirteenth century Cornwall, young Megge has just come of age to be apprenticed to her mother, the healer of Bury Down. But first, she must accept and vow to protect The Book of Seasons, an ancient tome that holds life-sustaining power harnessed centuries earlier by Murga, the first seer of Bury Down.
At her vowtaking ceremony, yearning to accept her inheritance and take her place among her family's long line of healers and seers, Megge reaches for the book. When she touches it, she feels something writhe within it and becomes convinced that the book is cursed and that she too will be cursed if she accepts it.
Despite her mother's pleas to protect the book from the one who would usurp its power, Megge refuses even to look at it. But when a Blackfriar abbot arrives in the village claiming to be under orders to root out heretics and imprisons her mother for refusing to turn over the "demon's book," will Megge finally summon the courage to take that vow?
Megge is a protagonist easy to fall in love with, to root for, to worry about, and when dark forces enter her world, Kightlinger’s storytelling abilities shine.
shot through with dramatic tension that is certain to keep readers turning the pages, It's a full, satisfying novel that will, at the end, leave you hungry for the next installment." David Anthony Durham, author of Pride of Carthage and the Acacia trilogy