Melanie Dickerson’s newest novel, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages until you finish the book! An enjoyable story, it is modeled after Robin Hood and Swan Lake according to the author.
Odette Menkels is the adopted daughter of her uncle, Rutger. Orphaned at a young age, she was left to live life on the streets until her uncle rescued her.
Odette remembers being hungry and has vowed to help other orphans. She has become an adept and cunning huntress in the forest of the margrave. She feels justified in her hunting. After all, the margrave’s forest is full of deer, enough to feed many of the city’s poor and starving orphans.
Jorgen Hartman is the margrave’s forester and has been tasked with tracking down a poacher. He takes his assignment seriously because the man who raised him was murdered by a poacher. As he begins to track down the hunter, he notices eerie similarities between the earlier murder and the current hunter’s arrows and hunting style. Could they possibly be the same person, after all this time?
Odette and Jorgen meet at the Midsummer Festival and feel an immediate connection. As they dance and exchange stories, Odette realizes Jorgen was an orphan too. However, even worse, he is her sworn enemy, as he has vowed to capture the elusive Thornbeck hunter.
As Odette continues with her hunting, she realizes something is wrong, but can she solve the mystery? Will Jorgen realize who she is and turn her in to the margrave? If he turns her in, will the margrave execute her?
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is written for the Young Adult (YA) market; however, it will appeal to older readers also.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Postponed until further notice due to schedule error & eye procedure.