My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Yeva has always been the hunter in the family, a skill passed down from her father that skipped her two older sisters. But when their mercantile business is ruined and the family returns to the deep woods, it becomes clear that their father’s skills are no longer what they used to be – and neither is his mind. Stories he told Yeva when she was little of odd beasts in the woods now seem to be all he thinks about.
When he doesn’t return from a hunt, Yeva is determined to find him – even if it means leaving behind a proposal of marriage from a noble that doesn’t care that she is ruined, or that she loves the wild more than the drawing room. Yeva’s heart does not belong to her fiance, but to the woods.
She goes in search of her father, only to find what she believes is the place where he died, at the hands of a monstrous beast. Taken captive, Yeva learns that her skills are necessary to this oddly human-like beast – a human now cursed to his current state until a hunter can take down the one who set the spell upon him.
But how can Yeva act to free the beast from his curse, when she blames him for the death of her father?