Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Young Adult: 435 Pages
Published: April 18th, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Series: None
Source: Review copy from publisher
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Find the author: Website

In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.

Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process.

Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair was a heart-wrenching but beautifully told story. The book takes place in 17th century Scotland. The religious beliefs the characters live by in this book are very strong. You are fined or imprisoned for being in debt, missing church or being suspected of witch craft. And if proven guilty of witch craft your are hanged and burned at the stake. I devoured this book, it immediately grabbed my attention and didn't let me go. Elizabeth Laird penned such a gripping story. Maggie is a wonderful character. She wasn't blessed with the best of life. Her mother died during child birth and her father died a few years later. Her and her grandmother were left poor and forced to work for whatever they needed. Maggie's grandmother is a tough, stern lady but Maggie didn't inherit that at all. She is a sweet, kind girl that loves to tell stories. But Maggie goes through a dramatic transformation throughout the book. After being falsely accused of witchcraft and having to run, she grows into a strong-willed character.

The setting of the book is absolutely stunning. Laird created such an enchanting place. Her descriptions of the world inside The Betrayal of Maggie Blair come alive while reading it. A lot of times a book can get overwhelming with descriptions and details but that didn't happen at all with this book. The authors simple writing style and the language of 17th century Scotland were weaved together perfectly.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair is a gripping historical fiction novel that transports you back in time until you've finished the very last page.

What I liked: The beautiful cover.
What I disliked: Started off a little slow at first.
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  1. I agree that the beginning was a little slow. I also thought it would be more about witchcraft and less about religious tolerances.

  2. I'm also reading this book right now! I think the cover is absolutely stunning! Hop on over if you have the time!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. This sounds fantastic! I love a historical fiction novel that really makes you feel as though you are a part of the time you are reading about.

  4. I have this one to read. I love anything witchy or Scottish and I couldn't resist this one. I can't wait to read it now that I've read your review.



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