Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson kicks off a new series of medieval fairy tales for adults. Loosely based on Swan Lake and Robin Hood, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is a story about “a beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor, and a handsome forester on a mission to catch her” – but it is much more than just the story of Odette and Jorgen.
By day, Odette Menkels teaches children to read — and by night, she poaches deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. Jorgen Hartmann, the margrave’s forester, is duty-bound to capture the poacher for two reasons: he wants to do his job well, and he inherited his forester post from a man who was murdered by a poacher.
When they meet during the day, Odette and Jorgen are attracted to each other, completely unaware of the danger they pose to one another. Odette thinks she is providing meat to the orphans, completely unaware that someone is actually selling it on the black market – and the children aren’t getting it at all. Jorgen discovers the black market activity and increases his search for the poacher. Will they uncover the truth about each other and the person behind the black market? Will justice be served?
Melanie Dickerson, known for her medieval young adult stories, branches out with a tale more suited to adults. She brings her meticulous research in the details to capture the nuances of medieval Germany. Characters are well-developed ,and the plot is both interesting and plausible. Do not think that this is merely a story with mistaken identity, and true love wins – there are a few plot twists that will surprise the reader.
Recommended for public libraries and church libraries. Adult fans of Dickerson’s young adult novels will be thrilled with this new series especially for adults, as will fans of the TV show Once Upon a Time, where nothing is as it seems in storyland.
Carol R. Gehringer
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